On your way to the Court of Appeal? I can help. I've handled hundreds of appellate matters.
When I was a law student over 30 years ago, I knew I wanted to be an appellate lawyer. In my third year I was chosen to serve as Judicial Extern for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. I received school credits for it, was paid a small amount, learned a great deal about the appellate process and fell in love with Alaska.
After graduating from law school, the California Court of Appeal hired me to be the Judicial Attorney for Justice Frances Newell Carr. That was another great experience. I learned so much about the internal workings of the appellate court and honed my skills in analyzing issues and legal writing. Justice Carr was a fantasic person and mentor.
I eventually left the Court of Appeal and started the appeals department at a large Sacramento law firm. Subsequently, I started a new law firm with my current partners and continued my focus on appellate law. Since leaving the Court of Appeal I've handled several hundred appellate matters.
I live with my family in the Sacramento area and travel all over the State to represent clients on appeal. When I'm not working I'm playing guitar or watching one of my kids play baseball. We love the outdoors and try to go camping when we can get away. We also enjoy traveling to distant locations, but have difficulty finding the time.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2006||07/18/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Super Lawyer||California Super Lawyers||2015|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Judicial Attorney||California State Court of Appeal||1980 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Council of Appellate Lawyers||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Certified Appellate Mediator, Third Appellate District||Mediator||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||2006 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section||Memeber||1984 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1980 - Present|
|National Academy of Continuing Legal Education||Civil Appellate Practice||2009|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association||Civil Appellate Practice||2010|
|PARMA Annual Conference||Appellate Issues For Public Entities||2007|
|Cole v Fair Oaks Rire Protection District||Affirmed Judjent in favor of client|
|Adams v City of Fremont||Reversal of multi-million dollar judgment.|
|Century Surety Co. v Polisso||Affirmed multi-million dollar judgment|
|Stevens v Tri-County Bank||Judgment reversed in favor of client|
|Munoz v City of Union City||Partial reversal of judgment|
Posted by Matt
Fri May 20 2016
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