I am the president and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.
I graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making me one of the youngest graduates in the 200 year history of the law school. Upon graduation, I was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where I represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.
But I wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so I joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where I prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, I captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.”
I was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. I held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.
I have extensive trial experience. I have led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies the world. I have successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and have argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of my career, I have handled more than 1,000 cases as attorney of record and has helped my clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.