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I was born and raised in Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey, and I currently live in Paris.

I graduated from Yale College with a degree in East Asian Studies (Japanese), and then went to Stanford Law School.   Sandwiched between the two, I had a teaching gig in Japan. When I lived in Japan, I couldn’t figure out how the Byzantine recycling rules were supposed to work, so I just stored my garbage in the freezer and then threw it out in the dead of night. Yes, I was the one who was responsible for the crime wave of frozen banana peels that swept through the neighborhood right around the time I moved in.

After law school, I had the immense fortune of serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Eugene F. Lynch of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. After that, I joined a law firm where I worked for ten years in San Francisco and Paris, specializing in dispute resolution (both litigation and international arbitration) and intellectual property.

That law firm went the way of the Edsel, but I stayed on in Paris where I teach in the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris V-Descartes. I live on the Place des Vosges, a beautiful square in the center of Paris near the Bastille. You can see a picture of the Place des Vosges by clicking here. You can actually see my apartment in this picture.

I like:  traveling; languages; and libraries.

I don’t like:  potatoes.

DESIGN FLAWS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION is my first novel. Shorter non-fiction pieces of mine have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe Magazine, and Post Road Magazine. Read some of them by clicking on the article title in the column on the right.


Photo by Daniel Nassoy