Law School/Year: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2002, cum laude
College/Year: University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School, 1999
California, Washington, D.C.
Construction, Corporate Business, Real Estate
I generally work on larger projects, such as Smart Corner downtown and the Pinnacle Medical Plaza in Scripps Ranch. However, I recently had an elderly client who wanted to sell a piece of property she had owned for many years. The city argued that the property was out of compliance with the Subdivision Map Act and could not be sold without first recording a parcel map; however after exhaustive title research and literally digging though old records, we were able to document that the property was, in fact, in compliance, and the client was able to obtain a certificate of compliance and sell the property without the expense of recording a new map. Perhaps not my highest-dollar matter, but one of the most satisfying.
My practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, including real property acquisitions, dispositions and development, title matters, and real estate finance (representing both borrowers and lenders). I represent landlords and tenants in leasing commercial, industrial and retail premises. I also represent developers and owners in the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts. I have acted as counsel in the formation of over 100 general and limited partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. My client base is diverse, including large corporate developers, single-property investors, and business owners both large and small. Representative projects include hundreds of millions of dollars in condominium projects, office buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use projects and industrial developments.
I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association, as well as the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Building Industry Association and the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Association.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. I came to San Diego for law school and never left. I love to cook, bake and travel, and in my spare time I have fostered rescue dogs for Baja Animal Sanctuary and Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. I live in Golden Hill/South Park and enjoy getting involved in my neighborhood’s many events and patronizing our wonderful local businesses.