Law School/Year: University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law, 1991
College/Year: B.A., English, University of San Diego, 1985
Civil Litigation, Elder Law
My office filed an action against the pharmaceutical industry for reporting fraudulent prices to the state. The case is currently venued in the MDL in federal court in Boston. So far, the defendants that have settled have returned tens of millions of dollars back to the state. I was originally tasked with spearheading settlements with some of the defendants and then transitioned to ultimately managing all the electronic discovery aspects of the case. The scope included handling all the discovery of an agency-client with a $30 billion annual budget with more than 12,000 e-mail boxes and 700 servers spread through the state.
After graduating from college, I spent the freshman year at the joint medical/dental program at the University of Nebraska Medical School and Creighton University Dental School. Due to either the severe winter or a year of having my hands inside leaky cadavers (or both), I decided to take a leave of absence and worked as a surgical assistant in several local hospitals before ultimately deciding on law school. Prior to joining the DOJ, I practiced for many years in the local private sector for a few defense firms and as in-house counsel for a local company.
I was awarded a scholarship, and ultimately returned to lecture, at symposiums for states’ attorney generals at the University of Mississippi. One of the many missions of this organization is to educate Attorney General Offices from around the country on the legal, ethical and practical concerns of handling e-discovery issues. In addition, I have been solicited by other state’s AG offices to travel and present to their staff on the topic of electronic discovery.
I reside in Point Loma with my wife, who is also a lawyer, and my son, who is attending St.Augustine’s High School. I have a passion for woodworking and have built most of the furniture in our home. According to my wife, I am also “addicted” to cactus and succulents and have collected odd varieties from all over the world and redesigned our entire backyard with all sorts of unusual species.