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My challenges in business and life have made me a better person and attorney. I have gained a greater zeal and passion for justice.
I have worked under, and gone against and with some of the best attorneys in the state. I have represented clients ranging from the homeless to high profile clients, prestigious insurance companies, and multi-million dollar businesses.
I am "AV"Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rating a lawyer can obtain in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Martindale-Hubbell has also awared the Client Distinction Awared - highest award for client satistaction.
I think very highly of myself! I believe in myself! I am fair, kind, charitable, and empathetic. I am about forgiveness and understanding. I believe in God, and Biblical principles and family values. I am about forgiveness and healing---life is too short. I love and care for my fellow man. I try to listen, be understanding and open-minded, and know the value of these traits. I am passionate about my faith, family, and work. I believe in humility and trying to live a humble lifestyle. Yet, I fight hard and am not easily intimided.
I pride myself on being well-prepared, results-oriented, and one who strives for perfection. I have high standards and expectations of myself and others.
I have done a lot of good in my life and genuinely seek to make a positive difference in the lives of others! I have a special place in my heart for raising the self-esteem and self-image of others. I have an intense desire and awareness to improve and become more, so I can be more of a person and to be more of a blessing to others! I root for the underdog. I love a great comeback! I love to see the oddsmakers and pundits proven wrong.
I live large, make memories, and strive to leave a lasting legacy of achievement, success, integrity, charity, joy, love, inspiration, encouragement, and service to others!
I direct you to the Awards, client reviews, peer reviews, and references above and throughout this profile. My peers have awarded me the highest Martindaler-Hubbell rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Capability. Per Martindale-Hubbell, clients have awarded me the highest rating for cient satisfaction.
AVVO's singular computer-based "analytics," "algorithms," "metrics," and impersonal business model has imposed a "mark/branding" and score that does not use fairness, common sense or reason, and should be discounted as such. It is flawed in that it is not designed to take into account the the human elements of determination, heart, courage, empathy, creativity, hunger, passion, attitude, temperment, integrity, and decency. It is an unfair judgment the reader should clearly recognize. AVVO is a computer and doesn't know me personally.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated with Magna Cum Laude from nationally recognized Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, Economics and Religion. I then attended the prestigious Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio on an academic scholarship and was on the Dean's List. Throughout law school I interned at the Franklin County Public Defenders' Office.
I have been an attorney for nearly 20 years and I have been licensed practice in 9 states, including California. I demonstrated the ambition and grit to take and pass the bar exams in 6 states and waiving into 3 states. I currently only have an active licensure in California and am inactive in the other states simply due to the administrative non-payment of bar dues. In addition to California, throughout my tenure I have practiced in the states of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Ohio, and Minnesota while representing national mortgage loan servicing companies.
I am admitted to practice in all of the Federal District Courts in California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
I have practiced at AV rated firms and with ABOTA certified trial lawyers my entire career.
I have represented major corporations, insurance companies, and businesses, defending personal injury cases, medical malpractice suits, amusement park accidents, slip and falls, product liability, vehicle accidents and other similar cases.
I have successfully represented numerous individuals and/or businesses in personal injury cases, amusement park defense, medical malpractice defense, family, divorce, custody and support cases, probate and estate planning and criminal defense cases.
I am a devoted husband, father and grandfather. My family is the highest priority to me which makes me extremely sympathetic to my clients who have been injured in an accident and cannot work to provide for their families or the client who has been falsely accused of a crime because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now are in jail away from their family. I work hard and passionately to resolve these cases quickly to reunite families and provide them with the best possible outcome.
Similarly, it breaks my heart to see a family torn apart in a divorce and the situation made worse by attorneys encouraging conflict rather than staying focused on resolution. There are times when you must fight to protect the interest of your client and most importantly the innocent children involved but, staying focused on the solutions and trying to reach a swift resolution has less of a financial impact on a family and generally gets the entire family on the path to healing sooner.
When I am not practicing law, I devote much of my time on weekend getaways with my wife, and making great memories with my family, and my 3 grandchildren. My family means the world to me and it serves as my purpose, drive and reasons to maintain a high level of performance and standards in the practice of law and in my daily life.
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