I am a native of the Pacific Northwest. I grew up digging clams, pulling crab pots, and trolling for salmon at my grandfather’s side off the shores of Guemes Island. After these early years, my family headed south, where I attended the prestigious Harvard-Westlake Academy in Los Angeles, California.
When it was time to head off to college, I went back to the Pacific Northwest, where I attended Reed College of Portland, Oregon. After working as a carpenter and at a Beverly Hills talent agency, I received my legal training from the reknowned Jesuit academics at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. In 2003, I was sworn as a member of the California State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
I began my legal career in insurance litigation, defending corporate and professional clients in civil suits alleging malpractice, contract liability, and personal injuries. Later, I served for 27 months as a Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in Central America. It was in the hills and jungles of Honduras that I became fully fluent in Spanish. Upon returning to the USA, I “moved across the aisle” to work for individual clients. I read for the Washington State Bar and moved with my family back to the great Pacific Northwest, to begin my professional life as a plaintiff’s lawyer.
To get the client the needed result, to provide zealous representation and wise counsel, and to serve the underserved are my ultimate goals. I’ve volunteered my time pro bono for the Whatcom County Law Advocates, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office.
I live in Bellingham with my wife, our daughter, and our German Shepherd dog. I enjoy woodworking, shooting, lifting weights, and cooking elaborate meals for my family and friends.