Law School/Year: J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1996
College/Year: B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1993
Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Insurance, Legal Malpractice, Product Liability
I recently assisted in the defense of a highly respected tax attorney, sued by a former client who contended that our client negotiated a tax settlement on behalf of a corporate entity that had a negative impact on him as an individual. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $30 million. The arbitrator granted summary judgment in favor of our client. I also recently assisted in the successful defense of a malicious prosecution action brought against attorneys that had previously sued an apartment complex on behalf of a group of tenants. The trial court granted our anti-SLAPP motion on the ground that no favorable termination of the underlying claim had been achieved. The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed, and our clients were awarded in excess of $60,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
I have been practicing law in the San Diego area since 1999. The majority of my practice is devoted to representing professionals, mostly attorneys, in complex litigation matters. Before joining the Professional Liability Team at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz in 2008, I worked at the firms of Maas, Miyamoto & Bernstein and Thompson & Alessio.
I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Business Trial Lawyers in San Diego.