I am a Los Angeles native, having grown up here before leaving for college on the East Coast in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from college (the U.S. Naval Academy), I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. I then went through the six month program known as The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia, which all new second lieutenants must complete. After graduation from TBS, it was off to flight school in Pensacola, Florida for about two years. After earning my wings, I spent about a year in Whidbey Island, Washington, learning to fly the EA-6B Prowler and learning about electronic warfare. Upon finishing the training in Washington, I went straight to the Gulf for Operation Desert Shield and then, Operation Desert Storm. After this deployment and combat, I spent another six years in the Marine Corps, deploying to Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba and various places across the U.S. While in the Marines, I earned an MBA from Boston University.
Once I left the Marine Corps, as a Captain, I entered law school at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Three years later, I graduated and took the Bar Exam, passing it on my first try despite having mono while I took the test and nearly falling asleep during the three day test.
Since passing the Bar in 1998, I have taken many cases to jury trial and bench trial, although most of my cases have resolved short of trial. I have been lucky enough to learn from some great lawyers and thereby develop my skills.
I learn something new every single day in practicing law. Often it is just a better way to argue a point. Other times, it is a case that says exactly what I need for a client with a similar problem. I thoroughly enjoy helping people resolve problems, whether it be a civil or criminal matter.
Outside of my practice, I have three very active kids and a family to support. I am also active as a Blue and Gold Officer for the Naval Academy, giving interviews for high school kids applying to the Academy and then submitting my evaluation to the admissions board. I am also active in my son's Boy Scout troop and my daughters' club soccer games.