Who I Am
Who I Am
Cumberland County is not just my address — it’s my home. I was born in Portland and raised in Cape Elizabeth, graduating high school in 1998. After receiving a bachelors degree with focuses in Government and History from Connecticut College, I decided to attend law school. From the moment I stepped into American University’s Washington College of Law, I knew I wanted to become a prosecutor. Serving the public by representing victims and upholding justice has since been the guiding force in my professional career. The unique prosecutorial experience I’ve gained as a result over the past decade has primed me for leading the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office into its future.
:I started prosecuting in Fall River District Court, which stands out among the busiest courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I handled cases ranging from drug trafficking and guns to domestic violence and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.
: I transitioned to District Court and Juvenile Court in Lowell, Massachusetts. I visited many schools and communities through the Community Based Justice Program in Middlesex County, focusing attention on at-risk youth and attempting to steer young offenders in the right direction.
: I worked in Waltham District Court as the Domestic Violence Designee. I received invaluable domestic violence prosecution training and prosecuted cases out of Waltham, Watertown and Weston, Massachusetts. Nothing felt more rewarding than having a jury return a guilty verdict and seeing the look on a victim’s face, knowing he or she had been vindicated and the defendant brought to justice.
: I prosecuted in Concord and Ayer District Courts, where I assisted the Drug Court program in Massachusetts alongside judges, law enforcement, and defense counsel. I saw this could be an effective tool for fighting drug abuse.
: I took on a supervisory role in Framingham District Court, handling drug and prostitution cases out of the Metro West area of Middlesex County, while also supervising eight other Assistant District Attorneys. In recognition of my work, I was promoted and assigned to a Lowell Superior Court indicting major felony cases including guns, drug trafficking, and attempted murder.
: I returned to my home state of Maine to work as the Maine Drug Enforcement prosecutor in York County, where I battled drug possession, trafficking, and addiction. It became clear to me the opioid and heroin epidemic was making those who were already susceptible to victimization of crimes like human trafficking even more so — and those who were otherwise law-abiding citizens enter the criminal process against their best judgment. As a result, I attempted to use the laws at my disposal to target the actual perpetrators — drug dealers — while giving drug users tools to help themselves.
: I joined the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office as the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Human Trafficking Unit. In this capacity, I’ve focused not only on prosecuting traffickers and targeting buyers of sex (aka “Johns”) through undercover prostitution stings, but also in educating law enforcement about the tell-tale signs of victimization. It is vital those on the front lines see these women as victims instead of criminals so we can target the actual perpetrators of these heinous crimes.
: As a husband and father, I strive to do my part in keeping our community strong through my continued active role in public service. Outside of the DA’s office, I serve on Cape Elizabeth’s town planning board, and I also serve as an assistant coach to the high school’s Mock Trial Team in hopes of mentoring the next generation of potential prosecutors who will devote their careers to helping others.
As a prosecutor, I feel it is my duty to strive for justice but act with compassion. Every day, I need to distinguish a good person who made a mistake from a bad person who got caught. Such a distinction is not always clear-cut, and as an independent thinker, I carry no preconceived notions into the courtroom. Every case is different, and each outcome cannot be predetermined. These are just some of the many reasons I am most qualified to lead as District Attorney.