I joined the firm in December 1988 and am a resident in the San Diego office, where I concentrate my practice in representing individuals, companies, and insurers impacted by catastrophes, including subrogation and recovery, environmental matters, contracts, and other civil matters.
I am an Internet Columnist for www.inteFIRE.org and a legal columnist for California Fire & Arson Investigator, published by the California Conference of Arson Investigators. In addition to lectures to various organizations, I have published more than 90 articles on catastrophes, litigation, insurance and fire investigation in Claims Magazine, California Lawyer, Best's Review, Claims Advisor Online, Fire Engineering, California Fire-Arson Investigator, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Bad Faith Law Report and other publications.
I was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for my service in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as the Deputy Rule of Law Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2008.
I was later awarded a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and NATO Medal for my service with the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom based in Kabul, Afghanistan during 2009-2010.
I was also awarded a Pro Bono (CLAY) Award by the California Lawyer for those who "left a lasting impact on the way those who follow them will practice" for his representation of Judy Booher, whose son was tragically killed as a fire fighter. The Brett Alan Laws Act was enacted and signed by the governor to protect emergency response personnel based on my work.
I was awarded the Thomas Campuzano - Member of the Year Award by the California Conference of Arson Investigators for his contributions to the California Fire-Arson Investigator publication on breaking legal developments impacting fire investigations.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Illinois State University, where I was named Outstanding Senior, Department of Corrections, and my law degree at Southern Illinois University, where I was named Outstanding Senior, Environmental Law. I am admitted to practice in California.