Born and raised in Southern California, I attended Arizona State University from 1969 to 1973, graduating with honors with a bachelor of science degree in business management.
I went to law school at the University of Idaho and graduated from there in 1978. That same year I started my law practice in Anoka, Minnesota, and have not left. If you're wondering how I ended up in Anoka Minnesota, you can blame my wife, Becky. She was born and raised here and we thought it was a good place to come and raise our children (all four of them).
When I started my law office I was a solo practitioner. Shortly thereafter I went into partnership with some lawyers but, about 11 years ago I decided that my Arizona practice wasn't going to fit in well with partners in Minnesota, so I went back out on my own and expect to stay that way, more or less, for the rest of my career.
Since I started practicing law I have represented individuals injured due to the carelessness of others. The defendant is usually an insurance company of one sort or another.
After doing this for 30 years I have become pretty good at it. This past year I received the annual Excellence Award from the Minnesota Association for Justice. I have also been recognized as a Superlawyer by the Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics. I am a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the Arizona Association for Justice. I am also a member of the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Association for Justice. I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating they give. I am certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. There are currently less than 200 lawyers so certified in Minnesota.
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|MN||Authorized to practice||1978||07/31/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||2004|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||2003|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||2002|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||2001|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||2000|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1999|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1998|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1997|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1996|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1995|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1994|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1993|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1992|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1991|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1990|
|Recognized||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||1989|
|Certified Civil Trial Specialist||National Board of Trial Advocacy||N/A|
|Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine||Tort Actions Arising Out of Marriage||2000|
|Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine||ATV Litigation||1989|
|University of Idaho College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Arizona State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
|The Truth About Adverse Medical Examiners Seminar||Discovery of Earnings of So-Called "Independent" Medical Examiners||2005|
|Motions Seminar||Limited Medical Authorizations||2004|
|Discovery Seminar||How Much is the Adverse Medical Examiner Really Making?||2004|
|Dealing with Farmers Insurance Company and Other Difficult Carriers||Limited Medical Authorizations||2004|
|Beating Farmers Insurance Company at Their Own Game||Turning Down the $5000 Offer and Making it Pay Off||2003|
|Winning the Soft Tissue Injury Case||Discovery||2002|
|The Toolbox; The Mechanics of Trying the Case||Jury Instruction Guides - Civil||2002|
|The Independent Examination of Adverse Medical Examiners and Deposition Techniques Seminar||Tactics for Obtaining Financial Information||2002|
|Beating Goliath At Trial||Turning Down the $5000 Offer and Making it Pay Off||2002|
|Soft Tissue and Low Impact Collisions||Discovery and Minimal Property Damage Cases||2001|