I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, in April 1982. While pursuing my degree, I was nominated to the Mortarboard National Honorary Society for scholarship, leadership, and service. This honor was limited to only 25 students out of a class of approximately 6,000.
I graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder where I received my law degree—a Juris Doctor—in 1985. I have been working as a trial attorney since November 1, 1985. Initially I worked as an associate attorney for a general practice law firm where I represented clients in a variety of legal areas. It was during these years of experience that I realized I enjoyed my family law and criminal defense practice the most, which is why I have dedicated my current practice to these areas of the law.
I have worked continuously as a trial lawyer over 32 years, during which time my practice included family law, criminal defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, worker’s compensation, appellate, guardianships, conservatorships, collection, and contract disputes. My appellate practice includes several successful published and unpublished decisions. However, I have limited my practice to mostly family law and criminal defense not only because I enjoy this area of law, but also because the law is constantly evolving and it is easier to remain current on changes and legal trends by limiting my practice to just a few areas.
The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association invited me to lecture my colleagues at a legal seminar entitled “Trial Tactics for the 21st Century,” where I was asked to discuss the significance of a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals, known as Samms v. District Court, 908 P.2d 520 (Colo. 1995). The Association concluded that I was uniquely qualified to explain the decision to my peers because I represented the plaintiff in Samms and was responsible for successfully suing the District Court to set aside a procedural order that violated my client’s physician-patient privilege. This decision has state-wide significance, which is why it was published, and changed the practice of law in Colorado in areas regarding personal injury, workers compensation, and medical malpractice.
I am licensed to practice law in Colorado, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., though I have limited myself to actively practicing law exclusively in Colorado. I am also licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the El Paso County Bar Association.
My interests include hiking in the mountains, traveling, golf, and cooking.