I graduated from the University of Missouri and Concord Law School, and I am a member of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Originally from the Midwest, I now live in Southern California with my wife and two children. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the Los Angeles County court system. I serve on the board of directors for Pacific Friends School in Temple City and as the PTA executive vice president for Field Elementary School in Pasadena.
After graduating from law school I built a successful litigation firm. But the truth is, I was lost. Every day was filled with contention, objections, and arguments. After filing complaints or cross-complaints on behalf of clients I spent my time and energy maneuvering for tactical and strategic advantage so I could destroy my opponent. Every day was a fight, if not an all-out pitched battle. I was playing the role of “hero litigator,” slaying my clients’ every foe. But I was posturing. Though being in the courtroom was certainly exciting, my professional life was less than fulfilling. In fact, it was fraught with tension and negativity. And I didn’t like the road I was going down.
Then my children came into the world and gave enormous focus and meaning to my life. And I love them – I’m still amazed at how much I love them. And providing for them, protecting them, and taking care of them means everything to me.