I like helping people and the entities they serve solve problems. Corporations, government, and individuals have called on me and my firm to handle a wide variety of matters—and accordingly I have a broad background, and a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.
The firm serves as litigation counsel in many hotly contested, complex matters of many kinds (see Practice Areas). And we also serve corporations as outside corporate counsel—the ounce of prevention—handling business transactions and contracts, governance, employment, and other matters (see Practice Areas). And we serve as government counsel and counsel for public officials too.
Clients often prefer quick-and-efficient resolution to problems, where possible. Although litigation is sometimes necessary, litigants often prefer ADR—when the case is ripe. Because I see merit in preserving assets and in achieving certainty in mediation, I serve as a mediator (see Mediation). I serve or have served on four mediator panels, including mediator panels of the San Diego and Los Angeles Superior Courts, and the American Arbitration Association.
I’ve been honored with a Martindale-Hubbell A-V Preeminent rating. I’ve practiced civil litigation, corporate law, and government law since 1988, primarily in Southern California. I’ve represented individuals, companies large and small, government entities, insurers, contractors, developers, manufacturers, start-up companies—you name it. I’ve learned a lot over two decades about efficiently litigating cases to excellent outcomes, and about negotiating solutions that bring a quick end to expensive, protracted litigation where possible. I’ve tried cases, appealed cases, arbitrated cases, and negotiated settlements in cases. I’ve litigated in state and federal courts, and before administrative tribunals.
As corporate counsel, I apply litigation-lessons-learned to help businesses seize opportunities while minimizing risk and preventing problems.
I’ve served as private-law-firm corporate counsel since 2003, and as in-house General Counsel (2011–2013). I’ve trained many companies about regulatory compliance, and about compliance with emerging law. I’ve created companies, managed them, ensured regulatory compliance, while managing risk. I’ve negotiated deals with some of the nation’s largest defense contractors–FAR, DFAR, and ITAR contracts–and all kinds of agreements with mom & pop-businesses too.
I use surgical focus, never-ending tenacity, and relentless preparation to give my clients maximum value, while persuading or informing in the courtroom, boardroom, and at the bargaining table. Here’s a bit more about my background.