He married Jeanne Schmider in 1955, and together the couple opened HarLee Antiques in Cockeysville. They later divorced.
In the early 1960s, he established a general law practice in Towson, which he operated until retiring in 2000. His legal expertise included trusts and estates, real estate and lobbying.
In 1969, Baltimore County Executive Dale Anderson appointed him legislative liaison director, and he continued to serve under three subsequent executives: Theodore G. Venetoulis, Donald P. Hutchinson and Dennis F. Rasmussen. He also was a lawyer in the Baltimore County Office of Law for four years.
During the mid-1960s, he was part owner of the Squires Inn in Glyndon
He resided on Alabama Road in Towson for many years. Over the past 12 years, he and his wife of 48 years, the former Jeanne Morris, lived at Mercy Ridge.