I have been involved in civil litigation for over two decades. I began my legal career at in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, one of the world’s largest law firms. In 1990, I relocated from Maryland to attend the University of San Diego School of Law. I obtained my juris doctorate from USD in 1993.
As a new attorney, I worked at Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla, one of San Diego’s top plaintiff’s firms. Since then, I have continued to help people recover damages in a wide range of cases, including personal injury, wrongful termination, failure to pay proper compensation, improper financial advice, securities fraud, bad faith denial of insurance benefits, medical and legal malpractice, and business and real estate disputes. I have resolved cases with local and nationwide businesses, as well as most insurance companies including Farmers, Allstate, State Farm, 21st Century, Geico, Foremost, Safeco, Travelers, USAA, and Wawanesa. In cases large and small, I have provided each of my clients with the years of experience and personal attention necessary to maximize recovery.
From our office in Solana Beach, California, I represent clients throughout California, and I am licensed to practice in Colorado and Texas as well. I am admitted to practice in the United Stated Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts in the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California, and all California, Colorado, and Texas state courts.
I am a San Diego native. After completing my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley in 1993, I returned to San Diego to attend California Western School of Law. As a law clerk during law school, I learned about personal injury cases while working at Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla, one of San Diego’s top personal injury firms.
After I obtained my law degree, I switched sides and worked for one of San Diego’s leading insurance defense firms, Neil, Dymott, Perkins, Brown and Frank. Being on the defense side taught me how insurance companies think, how they evaluate cases, and how they defend lawsuits. After learning all I could, I left the defense side and returned to working for plaintiffs - people injured in accidents, by doctors and dentists, and by employers.
Practicing law on both the plaintiff and defense sides has provided me a unique perspective regarding the critical elements of a successful damage claim. I use that unique perspective to ensure the best results for my clients regardless of whether I am seeking compensation from an employer, a landlord, a homeowners’ association, or an insurance company.