About Me

Work History

2009-2013 Total Mechanical, Inc. Portland, OR

General Counsel

  • Handled all legal matters for contracting company with $30M annual revenues
  • Managed general contracts, subcontracts, construction liens, and labor issues
  • Implemented risk management initiatives and other cost-saving strategies

2002-2009 Miller Nash LLP Vancouver, WA

Head of Vancouver Litigation Department

  • Started litigation practice from scratch, attracting new clients to firm
  • Built department up from zero to five full-time attorneys
  • Tried many successful jury and bench trials throughout area

1999-2002 O’Melveny and Myers LLP San Francisco, CA

Of Counsel

  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in nationwide class-action lawsuits
  • Handled complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts

1992-1999 Gordon and Rees LLP San Francisco, CA


  • Helped start new commercial litigation practice, raising rates and profitability
  • Handled insurance coverage, personal injury, and products liability cases

1989-1992 Morrison and Foerester San Francisco, CA


  • Assisted in federal and state income, property, and sales tax litigation
  • Specialized in taxation of cellular telephone carriers and new technologies

Educational Background

1986-1989 New York University School of Law New York, NY

  • Order of the Coif, Moot Court Semifinalist, American Jurisprudence Awards in Civil Litigation and Contracts

1982-1986 Cornell University New York, NY

  • B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, graduated cum laude

Community Involvement

  • I have been involved with the SW Washington Center for Performing Arts