Birthplace: I was born in Athens, Greece. I grew up in Southeast Michigan and I graduated from Wyandotte Roosevelt High School. Residence: I currently live in Oak Park. Family: I’m married. My wife is Taylor and we have one son and one daughter. Education: After Wyandotte Roosevelt High School, I went to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and graduated with and majored in psychology. I went to Detroit Mercy School of Law for my law degree and graduated in 2003.
What Kind of Law do you practice? I only practice estate planning, no slip-and-falls, and no divorces. Our aim is to keep people out of court when there is a disability; to keep people out of court when there’s a death and to reduce their tax liability. And, to protect people’s estates from nursing home care. I had a family member with Alzheimer’s and I was aware of what the family did and that interested me in estate planning.
We also do estate planning for those with special needs – cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, birth defects. A lot of people think the way to protect the child’s government benefits is to disinherit them. But there are special needs trusts, so they get all their needs met without losing their benefits. People have to take the time to find out about their options. We handle living trusts, Medicaid, and special needs and teach people about how they can help meet their needs.
What was your first job? I worked as a golf caddy at Grosse Isle Country Club. Music? I like all kinds. I’ve played swing rhythm guitar with Detroit jazz master Wendell Harrison for over ten years, and I also enjoy performing 1950’s rock’n’roll and rhythm and blues. Magazines? I like “The Week” for getting different perspectives on current events. Books? I enjoy American History. Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton” biography is a great read.
Food? Mediterranean food is my favorite. Sports? I like all the Detroit teams, but I don’t watch sports too often. If you were independently wealthy, what would you do with your time & your money? I would spend more time with my family, vacation a little more, but I pretty much have everything I need.