Law School/Year: California Western School of Law, magna cum laude, 1997 College/Year: Brigham Young University, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1995
California; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central, Eastern, Northern; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Civil Rights; Consumer Rights; Business Litigation; Employment; Personal Injury; Class Actions; Appellate
I have been class counsel on a number of successful class action cases including cases against ARCO and Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. I am currently class counsel in class actions against Hotwire, Inc. and Walmart. Within my civil rights practice, I have obtained over 30 published opinions in state and federal appeals courts including one from the California Supreme Court: Munson v. Del Taco, Inc. (2009) 46 Cal.4th 661. My practice has led me into virtually every state and federal court forum within the State of California.
I clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (the Honorable David R. Thompson) and taught appellate advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law. I did an internship with the United States Attorney's Office before deciding that I wanted to focus on civil litigation. I was one of the California Lawyers of the Year 2010.
I am a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. I am a licensed real estate broker. I am a former Contract Advisor to the NFL Player’s Association. Personal Background Born in Long Beach but raised in Boston. I served in the United States Army from 1989 to 1992, and spent 12 months in the Middle East where I was a section chief and "gunner" in a combat arms unit assigned to the 18th Airborne Corp. during Desert Storm. There I received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/two Bronze Stars for my participation in 48 live-fire missions during combat operations. I have been married every day of my adult life. My wife, Rhonda, and I have nine children (ages 9 – 22), two grandchildren (so far), three dogs and a long suffering rabbit.