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Attorney Profile

Mission StatementCriminal attorney in San Diego.

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.

Experience

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.

Attorney memberships:

  • 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

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