I am a native English speaker born and educated in the United Kingdom. I hold an undergraduate degree in German from Oxford University (1987).
After graduating I moved to the US and obtained a doctorate in German literature from the University of Southern California (1991), with a dissertation on the writer Lion Feuchtwanger (of whom I am a great-nephew). I then spent several years as a lecturer in German and freelance business journalist covering marketing and finance.
In the mid-90s I trained for three years alongside a US-based German > English translator. After completing my training, in 1999 I set up on my own as a German > English translator working for agencies and direct clients in my two main areas of expertise, marketing translations and legal translations.
In 2004 I obtained German <> English court interpreter certification (DPSI Law) from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London, and subsequently interpreted at a number of court hearings and discovery proceedings.
Over the years I have built an excellent reputation as a reliable, customer-oriented language professional. As part of continuing professional development I have published a series of articles for the International Feuchtwanger Society (in: Feuchtwanger Studies (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015-2021)).