I have been a lawyer since 1989. I clerked for three state court judges in Oregon during law school, and my first job after passing the Washinton and Oregon state bar exams was with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. After three and a-half years there, I began working for the Vancouver firm of Morse and Bratt, where I first met my current law partners Gideon, Bill and Ben. The four of us formed our own firm in August 2003, and have been together in our current location since then.
My areas of practice include personal injury and wrongful death litigation, workers compensation, insurance litigation, and various employment and small business matters.
I enjoy getting to know my clients and telling their stories. While there are multiple stereotypes regarding injured people, their lawyers and the tort system in general, my experience is that the vast majority of our clients simply want to be made whole, based on what has happened to them. My job is to help them do that.
I am married and the father of two great kids. I love the Northwest and the quality of life it provides. I have been a youth basketball coach for 10 years, and have coached several Clark County high school mock trial teams over the years. I enjoy cycling, tolerate running and survive swimming, all of which makes me an average triathlete. Regardless, I am inspired by the efforts of athletes of all ages and abilities.
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|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Clark County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Wood v. Battle Ground School District, Wood v. Battle Ground School District, 107 Wn.App 550, 27 P.3d 1208 (2001)||The case settled after the Washington Court of Appeals ruled on various aspects of both my client's defamation and open public meeting act claims|
|Teamsters Local 58 v. BOC Gases, 249 F.3d 1089 (2001)||The case settled after the Ninth Circuit's reinstatement of the arbitration award.|
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|Lewis & Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Oregon State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1984|