An understanding lawyer with compassion. Listens to his clients concerns and develops a plan to best meet them.
Early in my career I practiced criminal, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency law. This background still helps today.
My practice focuses on typical family needs. Family law, child custody, consumer bankruptcy, and elder care.
Child Custody- successfully defended against "no contact" petition where allegations against parent included mental health issues.
Child Custody/sexual abuse - obtained "no contact" against father and full custody to mother
Domestic Violence- successfully defended against felony domestic violence charges (dismissed)
Juvenile Court - successfully prevented child from entering foster care by establishing paternity and winning custody for previously unknown biological father
Juvenile Court - Successfully petitioned court for return of child from foster care to parents amid foster care abuse allegation
Mediation - Completed four day intensive training in mediation , Certificate from "The Center for Understanding Conflict"
Licensed since 1992
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Check, Credit Card
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2013|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Inland Counties Legal Services||2013|
|Top Lawyers||Palm SpringsLife Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Top Lawyers 2011 edition||2011|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Riverside County Court, Judge Sharon Waters||2006|
|Certificate of Appreciation (Guardianship Program)||Riverside County Courts||2004|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Neighborhood Legal Services||1990|
|Co Chair (past)||National Lawyers Guild||2014 - 2014|
|Board Member||Riverside County Mental Health Bd||2013 - 2014|
|Mediator||Riverside Co. Court Mediation Panel||2012 - 2014|
|Guardianship Assitance Attorney||Public Service Law Corporation||2005 - 2007|
|Staff Attorney||Lake Tahoe Womens Shelter||1995 - 1995|
|Alternate Public Defender||County of Alpine||1994 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Riverside County Mental Health Bd.||Member||2013 - 2014|
|National Lawyers Guild (Los Angeles chapter)||Legal Observer Program||2011 - 2014|
|Natl Assoc Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers||N/A||2007 - 2008|
|Desert Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|State Party Platform (D) /proposed Labor Legislation||Human Trafficking||2014|
|Desert Sun||School Bus Safety ____vs __--(school distrcit, --bus co,)||1999|
|University of La Verne College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||Business-Economics||B.A.||1981|
|University of Southern California||Economics||N/A||N/A|
|Coachella Valley Assoc of Govts||Human Trafficking||2015|
|San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking||Presenter- Vulnerable Populations||2014|
|Housing||Landlord -Tenant Law||2014|
|Indio Teen Center||Human Trafficking||2013|
|Radio Show Guest||School Bus Safety ____vs __--(school distrcit, --bus co,)||1999|