I have prepared this introductory document so that you can become familiar with my firm and my background. I believe that when you make the decision to hire the attorney that you will trust with your liberty, you should always take into consideration the attorney’s background.
I moved to Las Vegas in 1975. I graduated Bishop Gorman High School in 1983. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego in 1987. I Graduated from Whittier College School of Law in December of 1995. I am licensed to practice in the State of Nevada. The United States District Court in Nevada, Federal Court. I am also licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
I am AV rated with Martindale Hubbell. This is their highest rating for ethical standards and preeminent legal ability. I am included in the Super Lawyers Directory. Their highest degree of peer recognition. I am member of Best Lawyers. This is their highest degree of peer recognition. I have served two terms in the Nevada Legislature. In 2006 I received the Access to Justice Award from the Nevada State Bar. I am a Life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am a member and course instructor for American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. In 2019 I was named the Defender of the Year by the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice. That same year I was named the Consumer Advocate of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association.
I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boyd School of Law. I teach Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Criminal Litigation and Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. In 2021 I was named adjunct professor of the year Additionally, I served two terms as a legislator in the Nevada State Assembly from 2016 through 2020.
I am a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar.
The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.