I grew up in Portland Oregon as middle of five children. I attended Grant High School and later the University of Oregon. After spending a few years working various jobs and traveling, I returned to the University of Oregon for law school with the goal of using my education to help those who need it most. There, I focused on criminal law.
After law school I returned to Portland and worked at Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) where I represented thousands of people charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to major felonies, including murder.
During my seven years at MPD, I gained invaluable experience both in and out of the courtroom. I had the opportunity to represent hundreds of defendants in judicial hearings and jury trials and I consistently achieved a high level of success for my clients. When I left MPD to start my own practice, I did so with the intention of continuing to focus on helping individuals facing criminal prosecution or difficult family issues.
I am lucky to have the support of my wonderful wife and our young daughter who keep me busy in my time outside of work.