ABOUT ME

I am a business transactional and litigation lawyer.

What makes me different is that I tailor my approach to the client’s style. I can be over the top aggressive if that is what a client wants but that does not serve MOST clients.

If a client is looking for a lawyer that first seeks to understand how the client seeks to be perceived in the world – post litigation or during the negotiation of an important transaction – I may be a good fit. In war, every warrior must adopt an appropriate strategy. This is true even if war is a simple business transaction. If a client is looking for someone to perform the role of “A@ hole or bull dog” without reason, then please do not call me. It is not that I am not capable of performing that role, it is just that I rarely find it to be in anyone’s best interest, including my own.

Background:  I started in 1994 at Ostrolenk Faber in New York doing copyright and patent litigation but then restarted myself at Cooley Godward LLP, in their technology transaction group, in Palo Alto at the end of 1997.  In 2001, I hung my own shingle thinking I would only do deals but quickly took on litigation work – at first with the help of other colleagues.  I’ve always felt that a litigator that knows the substance of the dispute – and not just the procedural rules for litigating – can do their client a better service.  More on my background.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of Connecticut, New York and California Bar Associations (in active DC Bar)
  • Board Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Foundation, Finance Committee and Treasurer (2012-2013)
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Former Chair of Copyright Subcommittee, ABA (2005)

EDUCATION

  • Skidmore College – B.A., 1987
  • Temple University School of Law – J.D., 1992
  • Fulbright Fellow, University of Tokyo, 1993
  • Golden Gate University School of Law – L.L.M Taxation, 2005

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