Law School/Year: McGeorge, 1983
College/Year: University of Chicago, 1979
California; Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit; Federal Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Labor and Employment Litigation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury
I have been focusing my employment practice on wage and hour matters and class actions, though I still stay busy with wrongful termination and related cases. The most rewarding cases, however, are ERISA claims for disability, pension and other related employment benefits. Very few lawyers are willing to do these. While they are seldom lucrative, there is a high level of client satisfaction and appreciation that I rarely see in other work. These cases make a huge difference in people’s lives, typically in a time of need.
My legal career has been entirely as a sole practitioner. From college forward, I planned to open my own office, obtaining experience in college by working for the ABA Committee on Professional Discipline, as well as a workers’ compensation and patent law firm. Through law school, I worked for an attorney who did labor law. I have been practicing in that area ever since.
Member and director of CASD; member of San Diego County Bar Association; arbitrator, San Diego Superior Court business panel; North County Court two-attorney panel; judge pro tem, Small Claims.
Actively involved in local community activities, fundraising and all of my kids’ sporting events!
My family immigrated to this country in 1961, after the Cuban Revolution. I became a citizen in 1968. From age 7, I set my sights on becoming an attorney. With hard work and a strong education ethic, my family was able to realize the American dream, and put me through private school and college, though I worked to help pay my way through college, and attended law school on a fellowship. I am very happily married to Susanne, the love of my life. We have three awesome boys.