EDUCATION

 

  • Bachelor of Arts-University of Colorado (1972)

  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence-San Joaquin College of Law (1977)

  • Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist with the State Bar of California (1986)

 

LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW

 

  • California State Courts (1977-Present)

  • Federal District Courts for the Eastern District of California (1977-Present)

  • Federal District Courts for the Central Districts of California (2013-Present)

  • Fresno Superior Court Capital Case Panel Attorney (1990-Present)

 

ACTIVITY SINCE BECOMING A LAWYER

 

  • Tried over 250 Jury Trials

  • Public Speaker

  • Adjunct Professor at Fresno Pacific University (2008-Present)

  • Consultation with other attorneys on successful trial tactics and strategy

 

RECOGNIZED MEMBER OF:

 

  • CACJ-California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

  • NACDL-National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Super-Lawyers of California 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Top 100 Lawyers of the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Top Attorneys in Northern California as published in the San Francisco Magazine, August 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Ed

 

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

 

  • 1978-Right out of Law School I went to work as a Prosecutor for the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. I tried all types of criminal cases from petty theft and driving under the influence cases to murder cases with special circumstances.

  • 1984-Became the first Legal Advisor to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.

  • 1987-Entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney and have tried every type of criminal case as a defense attorney up to the present time.

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