Law School: University of Iowa
College: University of Iowa
Lead attorney for multiple plaintiffs in four month jury trial against a national title/escrow company which resulted in verdicts of more than $16 million plus $5.7 million in punitive damages, and received the San Diego Consumer Attorneys' Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for it. I was the lead attorney representing a Liquidating Trust for the Benefit of Creditors in a AAA arbitration for claims against a national direct broadcast satellite entertainment company and obtained $9,509,879; also successfully handled litigation which cleared the way for the development of the new regional FBI center in San Diego which opened in 2013. Represented HOF baseball player Eddie Mathews in a case where Hank Aaron was to be our star witness and that settled the case.
Named by Best Lawyers in America for several years in commercial litigation and bet the company litigation; California Super Lawyers magazine as top attorney for 2007 to 2014. Founding director/vice president, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego; chairman, Southern District of California Lawyer Representatives to 9th Circuit Judicial Conference; president of San Diego chapter of International Network of Boutique Law Firms; received AV Peer Review from Martindale-Hubbell International Law Director, and named the top 25 lawyers in San Diego by San Diego Metro Magazine since its inception in 2009 and have obtained total damages valued in excess of $275 million for class-action plaintiff classes and individual clients.
Member of American Board of Trial Advocates a national organization, which requires 20 civil jury trials tried to verdict (admission is by vote of the members) and served on its National Board of Directors. Am a Master in William B. Enright Inn of Court, and am listed in Best Lawyers, the leading rating of U.S. lawyers for business litigation. Also:
* San Diego County Bar Association, Chairman, Federal Court Civil Committee, 1974 to 1976;
* American Bar Association, Member: Sections of Litigation, Securities Litigation Committee, Broker-Dealer;
* State Bar of California, member, Litigation Section;
* The Association of Trial Lawyers of America;
* California Trial Lawyers Association;
* San Diego Trial Lawyers Association.
Active volunteer member of the Wounded Heroes/Purple Heart Hero Support organization in San Diego, an outreach program of MarineParents.com Inc., providing support and services to wounded and ill military service members and their families.
Grew up in a small town of 1,200 people in northeast Iowa, where the graduating senior class was 26 students. Lifelong and diehard Hawkeye fan.
My wife, Carla, and I live in San Diego, I enjoy golfing and traveling with Carla, fly fishing with my three sons (also lawyers) in Alaska and Montana and playing with and spoiling our four grandchildren.