I started my journey toward becoming a lawyer over 30 years ago while studying political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. With a strong interest in politics and government, I thought I would enjoy practicing law to help serve my community and improve the lives of individuals in need. Upon graduation from UCSB in 1984, I began studying law at the University of California Hastings College of Law. I learned from some of the brightest minds in the legal profession, and obtained my Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law in December 1987. Soon after, I passed the California bar and was admitted to practice before all the state courts in California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Armed with knowledge, passion, and a tenacious desire to fight for my clients, I started out handling personal injury cases. First representing defendants and then later representing mostly people injured in incidents. My work in personal injury not only provided me with valuable trial litigation experience, a perspective from both sides of the litigation, but it also afforded me the opportunity to work with clients who were in desperate need of legal counsel and representation to help recover from injuries that had altered their lives, sometimes permanently.
I pride myself on focusing on the needs of my clients. I want them to understand their situation and help them achieve success in the court system or to protect them legally.