Santa Rosa’s leading Administrative, Employment, and Professional License Defense attorney.
For the past 15 years, I have practiced law primarily in the fields of Employment Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, and Healthcare Law. I represent a variety of professionals and businesses ranging from doctors, veterinarians, accountants, and brokers, to breweries, wine importers, private schools, trucking companies, and automotive repair shops.
This included representation before the State Personnel Board, Office of Administrative Hearings, all boards and bureaus within Department of Consumer Affairs (e.g. Medical Board of California, etc.), Labor Commissioner, and various County, City, and Municipal Civil Service Commissions. Services range from obtaining and defending licenses, participation in government benefit programs, and resolving business disputes.
I also helped form dozens of healthcare professional practices, serving as general counsel to them. And I oversaw my most recent employer’s marketing, public relations, and served as its In-house General Counsel, advising its Board of Directors, and Officers, as it continued to grow as a business.
Prior to that, I oversaw the business operations of a 25-member law firm that employed a staff of over 150. My management areas included Client Service, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, and Information Technology. In this role, I also represented thousands of the firm’s individual and business clients before the Internal Revenue Service.
I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005.
While in law school, I served as a judicial extern for the Honorable James A. Richman of the Superior Court of California, Alameda County and as a research project assistant for Assistant Dean Carolyn Butler and Professors D. Gordon Smith and John Ohnesorge.
I am licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and the State of California. I am also admitted to practice law before the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California. I am a member of the American Bar Association, Federalist Society, California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Practitioners, Schwartz-Levi American Inn of Courts, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma County Bar Associations. I was named Top Employment Attorney by Sacramento Magazine in 2015-2016, Rising Star in Northern California by Super Lawyers in 2017-2019, and Top Employment Attorney by San Diego Magazine in 2018.
My practice areas include: Workplace and Employment Regulation, Contract Law, Professional Licensing and Regulation, Business Formation Law, Government and Administrative Law, Healthcare Law, and Public Agency Law. I have years of experience handling Litigation, Appeals, Writs of Mandate (Traditional and Administrative), Administrative Hearings (before Federal, State, and Local Agencies), and Wage Claim matters.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2019|
|AV Preeminant Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2019|
|Top Employment Attorney||San Diego Magazine||2019|
|Top Attorneys in Northern California||San Francisco Magazine||2019|
|Top Employment Attorney||San Diego Magazine||2018|
|AV Preeminant Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2018|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Top Attorneys in Northern California||San Francisco Magazine||2018|
|AV Preeminant Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Top Lawyers in California||The Legal Network||2017|
|Top Attorneys in Northern California||San Francisco Magazine||2017|
|Top Attorneys in Sacramento||Sacramento Magazine||2016|
|AV Preeminant Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2016|
|Top Attorneys in Sacramento||Sacramento Magazine||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2015|
|Attorney||Smith Dollar PC||2018 - Present|
|Attorney||Simas & Associates, Ltd.||2011 - 2018|
|Independent Business Consultant||Justin D. Hein||2011 - 2014|
|Attorney||Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation||2005 - 2011|
|Summer Associate||Averbeck & Hammer, S.C.||2004 - 2004|
|Legal Assistant||Gray & End, LLP||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Member||2018 - Present|
|Sonoma County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals||Member||2015 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California||Member||2015 - Present|
|Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court||Barrister||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2007 - Present|
|United States Tax Court||Member||2007 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Member||2005 - Present|
|Federalist Society||Member||2005 - Present|
|California Society for Healthcare Attorneys||Member||2012 - 2018|
|San Luis Obispo County Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2018|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member||2007 - 2018|
|American Bar Association||Member||2005 - 2018|
|Citizen Dain||Blog Entries||2005|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
|Bag Lunch Seminar||Workplace Sexual Harassment and #MeToo as Moment of Opportunity||2018|
|Bag Lunch Seminar||Introduction to Administrative Law||2017|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Luncheon||Between a Rock and a Hard Place – When Criminal Law Overlaps Administrative Law||2014|
|San Mateo County Bar Association, Private Defender Program||The Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law||2013|
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Sat Mar 16 2013
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