- Personal Injury
- Criminal Defense
I was born and raised in small-town Wyoming. After graduating high school in 1996, I joined the Army and worked as an intelligence analyst and Arabic translator. I went on to earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in English, at which point I had a pointed conversation with my dad who said, "Yeah, but what are you actually going to DO with an English degree?" To appease him, I signed up for a business minor, which required a business law class, and I was hooked. (This story is so much better than "I was reading a lot of true crime books and watching far too much CourtTV.") Next came a second business law class, then a paralegal certificate and finally when I couldn't hold out any longer, a law degree magna cum laude, in 2011.
All of my legal experience involves fighting for justice. As a paralegal, I worked on personal injury cases in Oregon and California. I continued that work during law school, clerking for personal injury attorneys and learning from the best. My extensive litigation and appellate experience has given me the perspective and legal knowledge to continue that fight for justice.
I never feel more like a lawyer than when I am writing. My practice is now focused on writing and arguing appellate cases in California on behalf of plaintiffs and criminal defendants. The appeal (get it?) of this kind is that in addition to the opportunity to help specific clients, there is potential for a broader impact on the practice of law, and how the little guy can have a better chance when going up against Goliath defendants. Having a say in how the law is interpreted can help change a legal landscape in which the odds are stacked against the average consumer or accused individual.
During law school, I was a member of the Whittier Law Review, where I was also Lead Articles Editor. As a member of Law Review, I began my legal writing career by authoring and publishing a scholarly article related to copyright law. Since becoming an attorney, I have authored several articles for local, state-wide and national publications.
I sit on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Trial Lawyers' Association (OCTLA), and I am the Editor of their quarterly magazine, The Gavel. I am also an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California.
- Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- Juris Doctor - 2011
- St. Joseph’s College
- Major: English
- Minor: Business
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Diversity Committee Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Member
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