EDUCATION:

Yale University, New Haven , Connecticut, B.A. 1969 cum laude in American Studies.
Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, J.D. 1972 (law school experience included teaching high school at San Quentin Prison and clerking for Alameda County Public Defender and Legal Aid).

 

 

FAMILY LAW EXPERIENCE:
1985 to present

1991 to present

 

Private practice in Manhattan Beach; attorneyof record in over 1000 family law matters including estates ranging from negative to $200 million.

Family Law Mediator, Southwest District Superior Court.
Family Law Judge Pro Tem, Southwest Superior Court.

More than 100 prenuptial agreements.
More than 50 successful divorce mediations.
More than 100 paternity judgments.

 

More than 50 D.A. child support cases.
Multiple collaborative divorce agreements.
Multiple trials in juvenile dependency court.

 

CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE:
9/1/82 to present

 

10/81 – 8/82

6/73 – 10/81

Private practice in Manhattan Beach area.

Private Practice, Long Beach.

Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County. Place Assignments: Los Angeles, Torrance, Norwalk, Long Beach, Compton. Job Assignments: Preliminary hearings, juvenile, extraditions, traffic trials, misdemeanor trials, mental health trials, writs and appeals, felonies.

 

TRIAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Trial attorney in local courts since 1972; lead counsel in hundreds of trials, including criminal, divorce, paternity, D.A. child support, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

State Bar of California, admitted December, 1972.

United States District Court, Central District, California 1981.

Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1984.

United States Supreme Court Bar, admitted December, 1988.

South Central Bar Association (President, 1985 – 1986).

South Bay Bar Association (SBBA) (President, 1992 – 1993).

Southwest Indigent Defense Panel Committee Chair (1992 – 1995)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

 

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).

Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1997.

South Bay/Long Beach Family Law Study Group.

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists of California (Member, Board of Directors).

Family Law

Section, LACBA.

Family Law Section, SBBA.

A Better Divorce (South Bay collaborative divorce group).

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.

 

Member, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club (President 1987 – 1988)

“AV” rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Judge Pro Tem, Torrance Superior Court (1991 to present).
Judge Pro Tem, Compton and Long Beach Municipal Courts (1981 – 1989); South Bay Municipal Court (1985 to 1995).
Amicus curiae briefs, including personal participation in oral argument, before the California Supreme Court in People v. Lohbauer (1981) 29 Cal.3d 364 and San Jose Mercury News v. Municipal Court (1982) 30 Cal.3d 498.
Appointed by the California Supreme Court to represent the defendant in his automa-tic death penalty appeal in People v. McLain, 46 Cal.3d 97, including personal participation in oral argument.
Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton, to represent the defendant in death penalty prosecutions in People v. Travis, A622357; People v. Bridges, A623271; and People v. Sykes, A625409. (In all three of these cases, the defendant was alleged shooter in a robbery-murder; none resulted in a death verdict; all were resolved at pretrial.)
Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton, to represent the defendant in the death penalty prosecution in People v. Hammonds, A646376 (1990 jury verdict: life).
Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach, to represent the defendant un the death penalty prosecution in People v. Butler, NA019605(high publicity case involving the killing of two Japanese exchange students in San Pedro) (1996 jury verdict: death; appeal pending).
Appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach, to represent the defendant un the death penalty prosecution in People v. Lipsey, NA038648 (publicity case involving take-over robbery murder in the Grinder Restaurant, Harbor City) (2001 verdict: life). Appointed by the South Bay Municipal Court to represent the defendant in the high publicity Manhattan Ranch Preshool child molestation case in 1984.
Television and radio appearances in the Los Angeles area on topics including child molestation, abortion, vigilantism, and the death penalty.
Handled to final jury verdict: 48 felonies and 28 misdemeanors.
Handled to final disposition in Superior Court: 36 murders (Penal Code §187).

 

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION:

Regular and frequent attendance at seminars presented by California Family Law Reports (CFLR) and California ttorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and periodic attendance at seminars presented by the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the South Bay Bar Association.

Extensive and continuing training in both collaborative divorce and family law mediation.

Seminar speaker, contributor to legal publications, and legislative advocate for CACJ, CPDA and SBBA. Regular seminar speaker on solutions to domestic violence and collaborative divorce.

 

 

PERSONAL:

Manhattan Beach resident since 1972.
Four children, ages 21-24.
Member, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club (President 1987 – 1988).
Member, Manhattan Country Club