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I practice in the areas of business litigation, products liability, and complex torts. Although I have handled all types of civil matters, my practice emphasizes the defense of manufacturers, retail businesses, and recreation providers in product liability and premises matters, with a focus on cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. I have also defended clients in several business litigation matters involving claims of unfair competition, false advertising, and fraud.
I have handled cases at both the trial and appellate levels, including first chair trial experience and oral arguments before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. I pride myself on my ability to successfully resolve matters for my clients in a manner that suits their needs, whether it be through a trial or some form of alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to my significant litigation experience, I work closely with clients on risk management and business operations issues to prevent litigation, including the use of social media.
I am licensed to practice in all courts of California and Nevada. I am also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
In 2010, I recevied the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award, which recognizes commitment to pro bono service and honors those who work to achieve equal access to justice.
I am an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), where I currently serve as Vice-Chair of the Recreational Products Subcommittee and as Steering Committee Member of the Products Liability Committee. I previously held several Steering Committee positions for the Young Lawyers Committee.
I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys in 2013.
On a personal level, I have been an avid skier for over 30 years and much of my practice has been devoted to assisting and defending clients involved in outdoor recreation. I also enjoy all water sports, mountain biking, and hiking.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Pro Bono Award||Duane Morris LLP||2010|
|Outstanding Subcommittee Chair||Defense Research Institute||2008|
|Attorney||Duane Morris LLP||2001 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Ski Defense Attorneys||Board of Directors||2013 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Committee||Vice President, Recreational Products SLG||2012 - Present|
|Tahoe-Truckee Bar Association||Board Member||2007 - 2011|
|Nevada State Bar||Member||2005 - Present|
|Association of Ski Defense Attorneys||Member||2005 - Present|
|Tahoe-Truckee Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||2001 - 2008|
|Products Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||Product Liability Compendium: Warnings, Instructions, and Recalls, Nevada Chapter||2012|
|For The Defense||All We Want Are the (Material) Facts, Ma'am,' Focus on the Material Facts for a Successful Motion for Summary Judgment||2009|
|The Defense Library Series||Punitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium, Nevada Chapter||2009|
|The Defense Library Series||Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, Nevada Chapter||2007|
|Entertainment and Media Law Client Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Case Strategies, Exceeding Client Expectations, and Negotiating Deals (Inside the Minds)||Counseling Clients in Extreme Sports and High-Risk Activities||2007|
|For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||How We Almost Lost Our Blackberries ... Well, Not Really||2006|
|Defense Research Institute (DRI)||Unfair Trade Practice Compendium - Nevada Chapter||2005|
|Defense Research Institute (DRI)||Tort Reform and You - Perfect Together?||2004|
|University of California at Davis School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Southern California||Broadcast Journalism||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Annual Seminar||Social Media 3.0—The Certainties and Uncertainties in the Law||2013|
|Annual Seminar||Social Media 2.0—The Ever Changing Landscape in the Legal World||2012|
|Annual Seminar||Using Social Media as a Litigation Tool||2011|
|Products Liability Seminar||Hot off the Presses: Product Liability Case Law Update||2010|
|Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar||Best Approaches To Advising Clients On How To Handle Electronically Stored Information Before Litigation||2009|
|DRI Young Lawyers Seminar||The Dude Factor: Preparing the Unprepared Witness||2008|
|Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference||Taking a Byte Out of E-Discovery: How to Advise Your Clients Before Problems Arise||2007|
|Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference||Getting the Judge to Toss Your Product - Winning Strategies & Arguments for Summary Judgment||2006|
|Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference, Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group Meeting||A Wild Ride in 2003: The Year in Review of Recreational Products Liability Cases and Reports||2004|