I was fortunate to grow up with a loving and supportive family. My mother and father were passionate about treating people fairly and helping people who needed it.
My interest in the law began with being on my high school’s debate team, where I was awarded “All State Superior” at the Utah State debate tournament multiple years in a row. At the University of Utah, I received my degree in Political Science and then graduated from University of San Diego Law School, cum laude and Law Review, in 1986.
I began my law career as an associate at the premier San Diego firm, Gray, Cary, Ames and Frye (now the global behemoth DLA Piper). I received invaluable experience but ultimately realized I didn’t want to represent the types of clients we were taking – I wanted to represent real people.
Over the years, this desire to represent people has taken many forms, and I’ve had a breadth of meaningful experience. But my intentional focus on helping people has remained constant.