AB, Dartmouth College, 1939. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1946.
Law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black United States Supreme Court, 1946-1947. Private practice attorney Washington, 1947—1951. Member Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering (and predecessors), 1951-1961, 65-77.
Assistant attorney general tax division United States Department Justice, 1961-1965. Judge United States District Court District of Columbia, 1977—1992, senior judge, since 1992. Visiting lecturer Yale Law School, 1966-1971.
Advisory committee Federal Rules Civil Procedure, 1962-1984. Co-chairman lawyers committee Civil Rights Under Law, 1967-1969. Adjunct professor law Georgetown University, Washington, 1993-1997.
Served to captain Army of the United States, 1941-1946. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association (board governors 1972-1977, president 1977), Alabama Bar Associations, American Law Institute, Yale Law School Association (president 1971-1973).
Married Elizabeth Weil, July 31, 1941. Children: John Louis, Kathryn Lee, Thomas Lee, William L.