College: California State University Fullerton, B.A. Psychology, 1988
Law School: McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1993
Awards and Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Research and Writing
Finalist in Moot Court Best Brief Competition
Finalist in Moot Court Top Oralist Competition
Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC)
Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments program (ICDA)
Admitted to Bar: CA, 1993
Hobbies: Scuba diving with sharks, cycling (road and mountain), hiking, waterskiing, and travel.
Why I Love What I Do/Why This Matters Story:
I became a criminal defense lawyer because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, especially those in difficult circumstances. Being a defense lawyer gives me the opportunity to do just that. It is my belief that many who find themselves in the criminal justice system are not bad people. They are good people who have made a bad decision or have been erroneously accused. The consequences they face can be devastating to their lives. These people need an aggressive advocate that will protect their rights every step of the way. That’s where I come in. Helping people through the system and obtaining results with the most favorable consequences gives me great satisfaction. In addition to defending the rights of those charged in DUI’s, I have a passion for representing our youth. When a young person is charged with a crime, it can have long lasting and far reaching consequences that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Because of this, it is my belief that our youths charged with crimes need an advocate that specializes in juvenile defense. I have taken the time and effort to become one of these specialists. I have been representing juveniles charged with crimes for over 15 years. I believe I have made an impact on more than one child’s life.