Deputy Trial Counsel, Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, State Bar of California, Los Angeles, California (1997 – 2021). Prosecuted all phases of attorney discipline cases.
Sherwood & Hardgrove, Brentwood, California – Litigation attorney in firm representing major real estate company and agents in real estate and professional negligence cases.
Garrett & Tully, Pasadena, California – Business litigator in firm handling accountants’ liability insurer and escrow and title insurance professional liability cases.
Horvitz & Levy, Encino, California – Attorney in civil appellate litigation firm. Handled appeals in federal and state courts of appeal, including medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, design defect, wrongful death and contract interpretation cases.
Hufstedler, Kaus & Ettinger, Los Angeles, California. Partner, 1988-91, Associate Attorney, 1986-88. Business litigation attorney experienced in all phases of trials and appeals before federal and state courts, and administrative agencies. Substantive cases included banking, securities and insurance fraud; business torts; design defect; partnership, joint venture and contract disputes; real estate and environmental matters. Handled trials, trial preparation, assisted senior partners with trial preparation, case analysis and settlement. Supervised associate attorneys in pretrial discovery, law and motion, hearings and trials. Participated in firm management and training.
Education and Honors
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California (J.D. 1981); Loyola Law Review, Scott Honors Moot Court; University of California, Davis, California (B.A. Philosophy, 1975); Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, D.F., Mexico (Spanish language certificate (1974, through University of Southern California).
Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Southern California Deposition Programs at Loyola Law School (8 years) and Chapman University (1 year); Arbitrator, Los Angeles County Superior Court – (Volunteer 2 years).
South San Fernando Valley Area Planning Commission – Successful appeal from Zoning Administrator’s Lot Line Adjustment on behalf of neighbors, lot line adjustment reversed.
Public Counsel Immigration Project – Represented political asylum applicants in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Supervised associate attorneys in their political asylum cases and appeals. Successfully won new trial for Honduran labor leader in Ninth Circuit appeal.
Represented Roman Catholic sister witness in child abuse case.
Board of Directors, Western Law Center for Disabled Rights – 4 years.
Board of Directors, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law – 2 years.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Office of Detention Ministries – Advisory Board member and past-president – 6 years.
Advisory School Board Member, Our Lady of Grace School – 2 years.
State Bar of California – 1982, United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit