I grew up in the agricultural Midwest and graduated from Central Missouri University earning a BA in Speech Communications. In 2001, I was awarded the Missouri State Championship in Parliamentary Debate, followed by the World Universities Debate Championship in 2002 with a team of eightin Glasgow, Scotland.  

After graduating, I headed west for law school at the University of San Diego. Civil procedure professor Roy Brooks, senior editor at the Yale Law Journal, heavily influenced my approach to civil advocacy.  During law school, I was a research assistant to ethics scholar Fred Zacharias who instilled in me the vital importance of ethics to a community. 

My first job was litigating construction defect cases which gave me an understanding of building and zoning codes.  Civil litigation and serving as a jury consultant are a major part of my practice.  I have observed over 300 jury trials in several States.  

Subtleties make the difference between success and failure. Business is about strategic relationships and hyper-awareness, which took me a few years to internalize. 

Serving clients from Imperial Beach, California to Vancouver, Washington.