California Bar (all State courts)
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Pepperdine University (2005 to 2008)
• Juris Doctor (J.D.)
• Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR)* (Candidate)
• Dean’s Scholarship (full academic scholarship)
• London Program
• Dispute Resolution Journal
University of California at Berkeley (2000 to 2004)
• B.S. in Business Administration (High Honors)
• Graduate with High Honors
• Dean’s Honor List (top 4% of class for three semesters)
• Swedish Language Program (Lund University, Sweden)
SPORTS & HOBBIES
Sponsored Freestyle Skier (1998 to 2004)
• Salomon Skis
• Arreis Clothing
Canyoneering (working on Guide accreditation through ACE)
In 2011, I opened my firm with the intent of developing a practice that simultaneously accommodated an active lifestyle and a flexible work schedule, and also to reflect a key aspect of my personality—that of being a “Renaissance man” (or “Jack-of-all-trades”). Since that time, I’ve worked hard to address the varied needs of my clients—whatever those needs may be, and whenever and wherever they are needed.
I have negotiated settlement agreements while riding a gondola to 11,053 ft; I’ve stayed awake to call the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office at 12:00 midnight (9:00 am in Britain) in order to acquire information about competing international trademarks; I’ve drafted contracts from my laptop while in the hospital; and have hosted conference calls through Skype and Gmail while overseas. I’ve worked hard to live out the ethic embodied by my firm motto—“Working For You From Anywhere”—an ethic I have consistently demonstrated through my hard work and devotion.
This unbound lifestyle has enabled me to make many connections throughout the nation, such that I’ve represented clients in multiple different states and locations.
While I have lived and studied all over the world, I was primarily raised in California, and consider the Golden State my home. I attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated with High Honors from the Haas School of Business, and went on to continue my studies at the Pepperdine School of Law, where I earned both a J.D. and Masters in Dispute Resolution. During college, I studied abroad at Lund University in Sweden, and during law school, I participated on Pepperdine’s London Program and completed my final year by studying in London and traveling throughout Europe.
I’ve been a life-long athlete and avid outdoorsman. I was a nationally competitive swimmer and water polo player through junior high and high school, as well as a sponsored skater and freestyle skier. During college, I was a Team Officer on the U.C. Berkeley Snowboard Team and continued competing as a sponsored freestyle skier. Currently, I do crossfit training year round, and am primarily dedicated to backcountry skiing and mountaineering in the winter, and canyoneering and hiking during the summer.
In May 2015, I sustained a serious fall and near fatal accident while canyoneering in the Sequoia National Forest—causing me to be hospitalized for five weeks, and ultimately resulting in the amputation of my right leg below the knee. Since that time, I’ve continued to train and regain the strength necessary to return to my lifestyle and activities, and embraced the journey of experiencing this new life as a distinct and separate chapter (“Life 2.0”). I’ve become extremely active in the adaptive sports community; I’ve become a member of several organizations and foundations—including the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) in San Diego and High Fives Foundationi in Lake Tahoe; and I’ve become a sponsored athlete with High Fives. Through this life-changing experience, I developed first-hand experience with the struggles resulting from personal injuries as well as the agonizing process of dealing with insurance companies. As a result, I’ve expanded my practice to assist those who have suffered personal injuries and/or need an advocate in navigating the overwhelming rules and regulations implemented by health insurance companies.
Shortly following this life-changing accident, I met my beautiful wife, Sherry Lister, while skiing in Mammoth Mountain. In August 2018, we got married at the top of Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and are now living in beautiful San Diego.