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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.


Contact info

Duane Morris LLP

One Market, Spear Tower
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA, 94118

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    15 years, 50 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    15 years, 50 cases
  3. Defective Products: 20%
    15 years, 30 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 8%
    13 years, 10 cases
  5. Appeals: 7%
    13 years, 10 cases

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Pro Bono AwardDuane Morris LLP2010
Outstanding Subcommittee ChairDefense Research Institute2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDuane Morris LLP2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Ski Defense AttorneysBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Products Liability CommitteeVice President, Recreational Products SLG2012 - Present
Nevada State BarMember2005 - Present
Association of Ski Defense AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Tahoe-Truckee Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Tahoe-Truckee Bar AssociationBoard Member2007 - 2011
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2001 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Products Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium (DRI, Defense Research Institute)Product Liability Compendium: Warnings, Instructions, and Recalls, Nevada Chapter2012
For The DefenseAll We Want Are the (Material) Facts, Ma'am,' Focus on the Material Facts for a Successful Motion for Summary Judgment2009
The Defense Library SeriesPunitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium, Nevada Chapter2009
The Defense Library SeriesProduct Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, Nevada Chapter2007
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 Activities2007
For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)How We Almost Lost Our Blackberries ... Well, Not Really2006
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Unfair Trade Practice Compendium - Nevada Chapter2005
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Tort Reform and You - Perfect Together?2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Southern CaliforniaBroadcast JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual SeminarSocial Media 3.0—The Certainties and Uncertainties in the Law2013
Annual SeminarSocial Media 2.0—The Ever Changing Landscape in the Legal World2012
Annual SeminarUsing Social Media as a Litigation Tool2011
Products Liability SeminarHot off the Presses: Product Liability Case Law Update2010
Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual SeminarBest Approaches To Advising Clients On How To Handle Electronically Stored Information Before Litigation2009
DRI Young Lawyers SeminarThe Dude Factor: Preparing the Unprepared Witness2008
Defense Research Institute's Products Liability ConferenceTaking a Byte Out of E-Discovery: How to Advise Your Clients Before Problems Arise2007
Defense Research Institute's Products Liability ConferenceGetting the Judge to Toss Your Product - Winning Strategies & Arguments for Summary Judgment2006
Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Conference, Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group MeetingA Wild Ride in 2003: The Year in Review of Recreational Products Liability Cases and Reports2004