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When I started college, I had it in the back of my mind that I might go on to study law, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a career path I really wanted. Then, I went for a job interview at an insurance company and saw what my future might look like if I wasn’t careful. During the interview, I was escorted into a large room filled with cubicles. Papers were being shuffled, phones were ringing, pens were being tapped impatiently. After a panicked flash forward to how my life would look here after five years, I quickly left the interview and started calling universities with law programs. A year and a half later, I was starting my education at Loyola Law School.

At Loyola, it took no time at all for me to realize I had made the right decision. I found my classes fascinating, and my adamance for justice was promptly recognized by my professors — especially when it came to my writing on topics pertaining to discrimination. My natural knack for legal writing led me to become a teaching assistant and to participate on Law Review. My eagerness to fight back against discrimination led me to practice employment law after getting my Juris Doctor.

Like Todd, I now use my knowledge and decades of experience to help the next generation of attorneys. I am frequently asked to speak on educational panels and demonstrate advocacy skills for less experienced lawyers. And from 2002 to 2016, I co-hosted the American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Regional Competition on the West Coast.

I believe that the strength of our civil justice system lies in its ability to give the average person the same rights as big corporations.


More Than Just a Job

Because of my strong stance on anti-discrimination, employment law was very naturally incorporated into my work. However, it’s far from being the only aspect of my practice. Since 1987, I have been a personal injury attorney, and I can safely say that this is was what I was born to do. Not only did I escape the confines of an office cubicle and a monotonous routine, but I get to actually make a huge difference in people’s lives. Clients come to me with some of the most difficult, heartbreaking situations, and I get to stand up for their rights and their family’s well-being.

For instance, I’ve worked with families that have been affected by serious, life-altering conditions such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, burn injuries, and wrongful death. I’ve seen the impact that just a moment of careless behavior can cause, and I’ve made it my mission to ensure those mistakes aren’t repeated. I may not be able to undo the damage that has been done to a person or to their family, but I can do my part to hold the responsible party accountable.

A Look to the Future

After more than 30 years in this line of work, you might imagine that my passion would have gradually lessened, but in reality, I believe it’s stronger than ever. I am still extremely active in both my work and my community, and I even continue to feed my creative interests, such as writing, teaching, and cooking. I have never been the kind of person who simply goes through the motions, and as I look to the future, I see no reason to start slowing down now. I will continue to fight for my clients’ best interests, to make my voice heard in the legal community, and to contribute to the betterment of Los Angeles.

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, 1978, cum laude
  • B.A., English, California State University Northridge, 1975, with honors

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American Association for Justice
  • Guest Editor & Write, The Advocate magazine
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Volunteering

  • Kiwanis Club of Warner Center in Woodland Hills
  • Bioethics Committee, Tarzana Hospital
  • Special Olympics
  • President, West Hills Neighborhood Association, 1994-1996

Awards

  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 9.8 rating, AVVO
  • CAALA’s Ted Horn Memorial Award, 2012
  • CAALA’s Presidential Award, 2007
  • CAALA’s Presidential Award, 2005
  • CAALA’s Distinguished Service Award, 2003