My two decades’ journey in the law has taken me from a mini-pupilage in barristers’ chambers at the Inns of Court in London to a civil litigation practice in San Francisco, California. Then to the Pacific Island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, where I served as a special assistant to the judiciary in the management of a high-profile international probate litigation and later worked as a litigator in the Office of Attorney General and as assigned general counsel to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the island’s government-run health care system. At last I have come home to Colorado and been delighted to discover a like-minded group of professionals at Columbine Law Group, PC, attorneys who share my old-fashioned commitment to dedicated, diligent and personalized client service.
I must confess that, due to the negative stereotypes of lawyers in the popular culture, I did not immediately set out to become one. After graduating with a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, I matriculated to Oxford University to pursue a doctorate in Philosophy. Midway through my graduate studies I had the epiphany that the law would provide an avenue by which I might employ my talent for logic and critical reasoning to the actual material benefit of individuals and perhaps society at large. While still a student at Oxford, I enrolled in the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, completing my Juris Doctorate in 1991.
For the next four years, I broadened my knowledge of the law by working behind the bench as a judicial research attorney for the Superior Court of Yolo County, California, advancing to the position of General Counsel to the court. There I analyzed, briefed and prepared written decisions of the court for hundreds of cases covering every variety of civil motion practice, as well as appellate, criminal, probate and family law matters. Handling these cases from the perspective of the bench also taught me what is, and is not, good lawyering. Eventually. I would move on to represent private clients in civil litigation, probate and estate planning, but I have retained the core lessons learned from my experience that effective lawyering demands compassion, commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client, and determination to guide each client through the legal process to the attainment of their specific goals.
In 2003, I obtained an LL.M. degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law with the goal of better serving my estate planning clients. I am licensed to practice law in both Colorado and California. I currently live in Douglas County with my wife Jennifer and teenage son Cameron, and we are all enjoying the fabulous hiking trails that Colorado has to offer.
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