Law School/Year: Northwestern University School of Law, 1987
College/Year: University of California, San Diego, 1984
I represented a Chapter 11 debtor in connection with the acquisition and sale of a 1,300-acre property on the Sacramento River in Solano County -- one of the last remaining, undeveloped deep water port properties in California. The sale was completed through a bidding process with a “stalking horse” buyer who defaulted prior to closing. The second buyer under contract also defaulted shortly after escrow opened. Three times was a charm; the last deal closed without a hitch. The transaction lasted nearly five months and involved a very colorful cast of characters. Death threats and near brawls were the norm. Finally closing the deal was very gratifying.
I have been practicing real estate law in California for 23 years and can honestly say that I look forward to coming to work every day. The core of my practice is in the areas of commercial leasing, purchase and sale and real estate finance. I have negotiated leases for all types of facilities, from corporate headquarters to offices in landmark towers. I have also assisted clients in closing over $1.5 billion in property acquisitions and dispositions.
I regularly participate as a panelist in real estate seminars hosted the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Certified Commercial Investment Managers Association (CCIM) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
I am an active member of the WindanSea Surf Club, which sponsors youth surf contests and events at the beach for disadvantaged and special-needs kids.
My wife and I are kept very active by our two children -- they both play ice hockey and surf. When I can find the time, I play guitar with the rock band Vegetable Reef or go fishing up in the Sierras.