I developed my passion to practice law at age twelve when my brother Tom graduated from Stanford University and was accepted into Hastings School of Law. We talked about practicing together in our home town in Orange County California.
I was accepted into Stanford University, also my Mother's Alma mater, and then went on to UCLA School of Law. While at Stanford I interned with the San Mateo Legal Aid Society representing applicants at Social Security Disability hearings in San Francisco. While at UCLA I interned for six months as a Public Defender in Juneau, Alaska, handling all misdemeanor cases through jury trial. The only other lawyer in that office is now an Alaskan Supreme Court Justice.
After being admitted to the California State Bar in 1976 I joined Tom at his law firm across from the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. But after three years in Orange County I followed my passion to practice in a smaller, rural setting and opened my own office in Oakhurst. That was in 1979 and I have practiced law for the next 31 years.
It was in 1987 that I decided my niche was in estate planning and realized that a tax background was essential. I enrolled in a post graduate course at the University of San Diego and acquired a post graduate Masters degree in tax law known as an Ll.M. in Tax and was admitted to the United States Tax Court. During those years I practiced as a tax lawyer with a large firm in Santa Ana.
But the draw of Eastern Madera County brought me back to Oakhurst in 1990 where I have since emphasized trusts, estates, business entities, and elder law. I cannot believe it has been 41 years that I have been in the law business however it takes a broad knowledge of all areas of law to assist my clients in their transfers of family wealth however large or small.
I have four wonderful children Laura, Matt, Eric and Devon. Laura is practicing law in Orange County.
I believe that trust and experience are the key to serving your needs.
Membership & Associations:
- Member California State Bar Association
- Trust and Estate Section / Tax Section
- Member of United States Tax Court
- Member United States District Court (First and Fifth)
- Judge Pro Tem, Madera Superior Court
- Past President, Eastern Madera County Bar Association
- Stanford Alumni Association
- UCLA Bruin Varsity Club
- Past Director EMC Chamber of Commerce
- Past Director Oakhurst Noon Rotary Club