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Sometimes, the pieces of your life unexpectedly align with a purpose. The story of how I became an attorney is much the same. As a boy, I dreamt of becoming an aviator in the Marines but later applied to law school as a more practical alternative. Though a few of my classes bored me to tears, I believed that I’d ultimately be rewarded with a respectable career. Little did I know, it would turn into much more than that. 

Once I graduated and began working with real clients, I realized that the military and the legal profession have quite a bit in common. First and foremost, their roots lie in advocacy. Furthermore, each is filled variety, excitement, and the opportunity to fight for the greater good. This is especially true in trial, and after presenting my first few cases in a court of law, I knew I had found my calling. 

While I may have enjoyed being an aviator, I have consistently found the profession of law to offer a unique outlet for my skillset that I’d be hard-pressed to find in any other career. Above all, I excel at devising insightful and effective strategies for my clients. For instance, I will negotiate early if I believe it’s in their best interest. Still, I am always prepared to aggressively litigate when necessary. Likewise, my approach to communicating with the opposing counsel adjusts to fit the circumstances at hand. Yet there is one thing that never changes, and that is my ability to facilitate a dynamic and compelling presentation in the courtroom if a case does go to trial.

I thrive on the challenge of applying the law to each client’s unique case.


Clients consistently find that my trial experience ensures their voices are heard by judges and juries alike, and I am honored to say that after 26 years of practice, I have only ever lost two jury trials. Though this is favorable for my own clients, what’s even more meaningful is the feedback I have received from jurors themselves. Some have even remarked that they were simply impressed that I treated the defendants with so much respect, but to me, being cordial is merely part of being a professional. 

My track record of success has led to my recognition by several prestigious publications and associations, such the Los Angeles Times and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Still, no matter how much success I attain, I never stop learning. In my spare time, I can often be found observing trials in order to prepare for my own. My research not only helps me be an effective litigator — it allows me to better draft contracts that prevent my clients from ever encountering trial in the first place. 

Beyond the Firm

Outside of my practice, I do my best to stay well-rounded. Because my family and I have always stayed so active swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and skiing, I recently challenged myself to read more classic literature. After all, I never want to be one-dimensional. 

Of course, in order to accomplish this objective, I had to have a plan. I have come to realize that in order to successfully stick with a goal, it must be attainable, so I set out to read one classic a month. This was a promise I initially made to myself a few years back, but I am now in the habit of reading much more regularly. I intentionally set the bar low so the satisfaction of accomplishment could inspire me to continue. This may seem like an inconsequential anecdote, but it’s simply one example of how my personal and professional lives intertwine. I’m a strategist by nature — it’s that simple — and I’m so grateful for the ability to use my inherent gifts to advocate for those in need. 

What’s the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum?

Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are more than 4,000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.


Bar Admissions 

  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education

  • Juris Doctor - Emory University School of Law - Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Study Abroad Program - King’s College of Law - London, England 
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee 

Ratings

  • Rated 5.0/5.0 for ethics and legal skill by Martindale.com 
  • Rated 10.0 for experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct by Avvo.com

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Member - Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member - Los Angeles County Bar, Employment Law Section
  • Member - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member - Southern California Consumer Attorneys Association
  • Member - Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Trial Settlement Officer - Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Pro Bono Attorney - Los Angeles HIV AIDS Legal Services Association, 2007 - Present
  • Chairman - Beverly Hills Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section 2005-2010

Publications

I have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the Hollywood Weekly. Additionally, I have written a number of articles on legal topics, including:

  • "Child Custody Amounts Can Increase with a Change in Circumstances"
  • "Will Client Die Due to Law Firm Mailroom Mishap?"
  • "Why Hiring the Biggest Law Firm You Can Afford Can Lead to Disaster"
  • "Five Steps Businesses Can Take to Minimize the Cost of Litigation"
  • "Discrimination in California — What It Takes to Win"
  • "Someone Has Copied My Website, What Can I Do?"
  • "Protect Your Website — Gain Control of Copycat Sites Without Going to Court"
  • "What is ‘Fair Use’ of Copyrighted Material in Cyberspace"
  • "Trademark Infringement — The Eight-Factor Test Courts Use to Determine Customer Confusion"
  • "Is Justice Delayed Justice Denied? How Overcrowded Courts Affects Consumers"
  • "What Really Happens in an Injury Lawsuit in California"
  • "Five Steps to Ensure You Receive Fair Compensation in an Injury Lawsuit"
  • "Wage and Hour Claims in California"
  • "Overtime Exemptions: Facts and Falsehoods"
  • "Are Penalties Enough? California Courts Strike Punitives in Wage and Hour Cases"
  • "Hiring Employees — Seven Mistakes Employers and Applicants Should Know"