Law School/Year: University of San Diego Law School, 1985
College/Year: San Diego State University, 1982
Washington, California, Oregon
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction, International
I have worked in business law as a construction defect attorney for more than 25 years. Seven years ago, I took a trip to India and saw first-hand serious human rights violations and atrocities against children. In response to these violations, I founded Restore International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues of injustice around the world. It has since grown into a worldwide organization, with our primary involvement currently in Uganda. One of our current projects is to help relieve the backlog in Uganda’s legal system by assisting with the trials of accused juveniles. Some of these children have been awaiting their trials as long as two years. So far we have brought to trial over 100 to date, and almost every child is now released with all charges resolved.
I am a managing partner in Goff & DeWalt LLP, a construction defect firm located in Washington, and the president of Restore International. In addition, I am currently serving as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda for the West Coast. I also teach business and nonprofit law as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School, Point Loma Nazarene University and Kyoto International University.
Some of my interests and activities were recently highlighted in Donald Miller’s latest book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” which is a great read.