- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, New Mexico State Bar Association
- Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court, Los Angeles County
- Member, California Central District Court, 9th Circuit
- Member, California Eastern District Court, 9th Circuit
- Member, New Mexico District Court, 10th Circuit
- Associate, Paul, Hastings
- Licensed California Real Estate Broker
- Research Associate, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Government Intern, Washington, D.C., United States House of Representatives
State Law Practice
• Business Law
Successfully achieved closings of numerous real estate transactions (commercial, residential and development) that involved drafting, negotiating and reviewing (where relevant and appropriate) purchase, lease, option and finance related contracts. Also, provided corporate, partnership and 501(c)3 charitable organization formation, maintenance, consultation and guidance.
• Civil Litigation
Aggressively represented/defended client positions and goals in a variety of real estate litigation, arbitration and mediation matters including, without limitation, those involving contract enforcement, breach of contract, trespass, boundary/easement disputes and commission disputes.
• Criminal Defense Litigation
Numerous trials and negotiated settlements in matters involving adult and juvenile clients charged with various crimes, including, without limitation, attempted murder, narcotics transportation, possession and distribution, domestic violence, rape, sexual battery, burglary, and theft.
Author and proponent of the following acts that were introduced and/or brought to vote on the floors of a number of State Legislatures:
- • Senate Bill 1:
- To empower a state to take such actions as may be necessary and appropriate to fulfill its duty to protect the lives and property of its citizens from the repeated occurrences of devastating wildfires caused by overly dense forests located on federal lands
- To empower a state to take such actions as may be necessary and appropriate to fulfill its duty to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of its citizens by preventing the depletion of its watershed and water supply caused by overly dense forests located on federal lands
- To empower a state to defend the health, safety and welfare of its citizens by enabling that state to prosecute and hold financially accountable (liable) the federal government (including any relevant federal agencies and responsible agents) for any death, injury or damages suffered by any citizen of that state as a direct result of the federal government’s discretionary reintroduction of an inherently dangerous animal (i.e. wolves) into that state
FEDERAL LAW PRACTICE
Achieved successful outcomes in both civil and criminal litigation before the New Mexico District Court, 10th Circuit, the California Central District Court, 9th Circuit, and the California Eastern District Court, 9th Circuit.
• Administrative Hearings & Appeals
Aggressively and effectively defended clients in both administrative hearings and subsequent administrative appeals in regard to both civil and criminal matters involving and/or prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture and/or the U.S. Department of the Interior.
• Securities & Exchange Investigation
Participated in extensive negotiations in the course of a civil and criminal investigation conducted by the SEC of an alleged Ponzi scheme focused upon a number of client acts that were asserted to have constituted securities violations, investment fraud and/or grand theft.
• Federal Jurisdiction
The federal jurisdictional foundations of many of the foregoing federal cases were based upon one or more of the following: (i) alleged violations of federal securities laws, rules and regulations; (ii) alleged civil violations of, or federal departments seeking injunctive relief under, the Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and/or the National Environmental Policy Act; and (iii) criminal violations alleged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against clients that included trespass, poaching, driving under the influence , and other crimes and misdemeanors alleged to have been committed on federal property.