I am running for Superior Court judge because I believe the judiciary should reflect values of integrity, equality and diversity. If elected, I promise to be the kind of judge that you deserve – fair, impartial, and one who ensures that all people are afforded respect and dignity in the courtroom.
I started my education in law at California State University, Sacramento, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While in college, I was a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and I also received an exemplary achievement award while working as an intern at the DMV’s Office of Investigations and Audits.
Between college and law school, I worked as a group home counselor for at-risk youth, an experience which still informs my outlook today.
I was accepted to McGeorge School of Law on an academic scholarship and went on to serve as President of the Latino Law Students Association. In law school I worked as a Real Property Law tutor and graduated with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law.
After law school, I received excellent legal training while working for two Bay Area firms. As a litigation associate at Ropers Majeski I handled civil cases including: automobile collisions, real property disputes, construction defect cases, wrongful death cases, fire damage claims, and landlord-tenant cases.
I opened my own practice in San Francisco in 2005 and I have made it a regular practice to perform frequent pro-bono work, including a week-long jury trial in 2012. As a part of this commitment I also took a four-month, full-time, volunteer position at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, in order to work closely with seasoned criminal lawyers. I ultimately integrated criminal law into my solo practice.
Over the last thirteen years, I have gained some notable experiences in various arenas of law, including: In 2006, I became one of the youngest attorneys in California to obtain a $1.5 Million dollar settlement for the victims of a car collision caused by a drunk driver. In the same year I was able to obtain a personal injury trial verdict for ten times the last offer made by the defendant. In 2007, I was able to secure a $100,000 settlement, and six months of free rent, for San Francisco tenants. In 2011, I took on a defense case that resulted in the complete dismissal of all charges against a man who stood to spend the rest of his life in prison. In 2013, I obtained a six-month home detention sentence for a client who was originally charged with a 3rd Strike.
In the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, I was honored to receive the distinction of “Rising Star” by the Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2013, I was awarded the designation of “Super Lawyer” by the same organization.
I think it is important that judges have a connection to the community they serve. I frequently appear at career days at local public junior high schools and speak to Criminal Justice students at San Francisco State University. My wife and I are native San Franciscans who are raising our family of two children here in this great city.