My practice focuses on the diligent and zealous defense of clients accused of felonies and misdemeanors in
state and federal courts, the representation of clients during the pre-accusatory stage of police investigations, and the civil representation of clients whose rights have been violated by police abuse and/or government misconduct.
I graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1983. I began my professional career as a newspaper reporter in the District of Columbia for The Washington Post, and later for WJLA-TV Channel 7, as an investigative reporter. After spending years as an investigative reporter in D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, where I uncovered government corruption at the local and national levels, I entered California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, so I could earn a law degree and fight government corruption and misconduct at a higher level.
I have worked for both the Federal Defender Organization and the Public Defender’s Office, and presently run my own practice where I handle murder cases, border crimes, mail fraud, drug and alien smuggling, sexual assault, computer crimes, robbery cases, DUI’s, vehicular manslaughter, and other crimes.
I also handle complex civil rights litigation including excessive force/police brutality claims, sexual harassment and discrimination, racial discrimination, age discrimination, and other civil liberties violations in federal courts.
I am a contributing writer for the Criminal Defender Bar Association newsletter, and have taught seminars in Southern California on Police Misconduct Discovery, and select issues in DUI defense.
This year I was a guess speaker at the Southern California DUI seminar, and was chosen as a guess speaker to lecture on DUI defense at the annual State Bar Convention held in San Diego.
- Board of Directors: Criminal Defense Bar Association (1997-2006)
- DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association: Founding Member
- National College for DUI Defense: Sustaining Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers—Life Member
- California Attorneys For Criminal Justice
- California Public Defenders Association
- California First Amendment Coalition
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
- California DUI Defense Lawyers Association
- American Inns of Court
- National Police Accountability Project
- National Lawyers Guild