BIOGRAPHY – 2009
U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. States District Court for the District of Columbia (1997 to present)
Authored 670 opinions now reported in Westlaw
Presided over several hundred settlement conferences and settled many of them
Served as Special Master in complicated litigation
Tried civil cases to verdict in both jury and bench trials
Lectured nationally and internationally on information technology and civil litigation
Trained newly appointed magistrate judges as an educator for the Federal Judicial Center
Awarded the Father John O’Connor Caritas Empowerment Award by the Archdiocese of Washington, in recognition of my creation of the Brooks Interns, a program that permits college students to aid in the work of the Archdiocesan Legal Network, and my service as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Tenants Empowerment Network, a program that helps families making the transition from homelessness to independent living
Professional Associations and Memberships
Member of Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Planning Committee, Georgetown Law
Advance E-Discovery Program
Member of the Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference, the leading force in advancing professional education in the area of e-discovery
Circuit Director, the Federal Magistrate Judges Association
Member of the Board of Directors, Federal Judicial Center
Master and former President, William B. Bryant Inn of Court
President, Indigent Civil Litigation Fund
President, the John Carroll Society, and chair of its Social Justice Committee.
Editor in Chief, the Federal Courts Law Review, the electronic law journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association and now its webmaster
Foreword to Maura R. Grossman and Gordon V. Cormack, The Grossman-Cormack Glossary of Technology-Assisted Review, 2013 Fed Cts. L. Rev. 7 (2013).
With Jonathan M. Redgrave, Asserting and Challenging Privilege Claims in Modern Litigation: The Facciola-Redgrave Framework, 2009 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 19 (2009).
Foreword to George L. Paul, Foundations of Digital Evidence (2008).
Sailing on Confused Seas: Privilege Waiver and the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 2006 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (2006).
Bruce Springsteen and the Remnants of a Catholic Boyhood, 14 Widener L.J. 923 (2005).
Gatsby, Springsteen, and the Rich Young Man, 40 Catholic Lawyer 373 (2001).
Discovery: Faster and Shorter, a review of Discovery Problems and Their Solutions by Hon. Paul W. Grimm, Charles S. Fax, and Paul Mark Sandler (Paperback) (American Bar Association 2005), 2005 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (August 2005).
The Brave New World of Electronic Discovery, a review of Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice by Adam I. Cohen and David J. Lender (Looseleaf) (Aspen Publishers, 2004), 2004 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 2 (Feb. 2004).
A Working Manual for Employment Lawyers, a review of Employment Evidence by Eugene K. Hollander (James Publishing, Inc. 2003), 2003 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 3 (May 2003).
1982-2006: Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Taught a course in Trial Advocacy and Practice.
1982-1997: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Served in the Appellate and Civil Sections, and then as Chief of Special Proceedings. Responsible for civil and criminal litigation with particular responsibility for habeas corpus, pro se prisoner petitions, and mental health issues.
1973-1982: Associate and then partner, Wilkinson, Cragun and Barker. Litigation practice with particular emphasis on representation of Native Americans in land claims and water rights litigation.
1969-1973: Assistant District Attorney, New York County. Prosecutor in New York City, with particular responsibility for organized crime and narcotics cases.
College of the Holy Cross, A.B. in history with honors, graduated cum laude
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Member, Board of Editors, Georgetown Law Journal
Married to the former Gloria Jean Carroll, a teacher in Fairfax County for 41 years
Father of two adult sons and grandfather of four children
Big fan of the Nationals, the Hoyas, and Bruce Springsteen