I am a criminal defense attorney in San Diego, California who focuses on drug crimes, domestic violence, weapons charges, theft, police misconduct, and more. Each case I take on is handled with integrity and resilience and strive to obtain the justice that you deserve. I am passionate about guiding people through the challenges that they face. I am the defense advocate who will tell you what you need to know. Unlike other lawyers, I do not make false promises that I cannot uphold. I am honest and do what is in my capabilities.
I received my Bachelors of Art in Political Science from Brandeis University in 1986. After undergrad, I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989 and have been licensed and practicing in the state of California ever since. I am a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the American Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and more.
I am brutally honest at the expense of my pocketbook. I am consistently putting my clients ahead of myself and am constantly looking for ways I can learn and improve my practice. To better my skills and presence in the courtroom, I have been taking improv lessons for the past few years. Litigating and improv acting go hand-in-hand; they involve thinking on your feet, communicating and listening. I believe that being involved in the community is a great way to improve communal relationships.
I was a contributing author and editor for San Diego Lawyer Magazine. I am a master in the William B. Enright Inns of Court, which is a national organization for lawyers who promote the goals of legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics. I also participate in the San Diego County Bar Association's Children at Risk program.
In 2019, my daughter began a nonprofit called Purses For A Purpose, Inc. This nonprofit is dedicated to providing essentials to homeless women in San Diego County. For the past two years, we have been donating purses full of toiletries to the less-fortunate. The foundation has steadily grown and I could not be more proud of the success and charity my daughter has provided for the citizens of San Diego. For more information on Purses For A Purpose, Inc. click here.
“A trial is not about what happens—it’s about what you can prove happened."