After graduating from law school at Southwestern University School of Law in California, I started my legal career as a criminal defense attorney at a small firm. My time at this firm allowed me to gain significant trial experience. My work included handling a wide variety of misdemeanors and felony cases, which was exciting and compelling work.
After my time as a criminal defense attorney, I began working for a small, civil firm in 1976. This next transition in my career allowed me to expand my legal scope by providing an opportunity to focus on different practice areas. My practice focused on handling plaintiff personal injury cases and general business matters. I worked in this area for four years before I was presented with the opportunity to join a law school classmate and become a partner in a personal injury practice.
I spent 25 fulfilling years at this practice honing my skills in the personal injury arena. Through my time working on personal injury cases, I became well versed in workers’ compensation claims. My increasing expertise in workers’ compensation claims was a natural transition to spending time representing injured workers. My law firm partner retired from practice in 2004, and I continued on as a sole practitioner for one year before joining a large law firm. Here I continued to focus on workers’ compensation defense. I found that I genuinely enjoyed my work on workers’ compensation defense matters and stayed on at this firm for several years.
Workers’ compensation defense has become a real passion of mine. This passion led me to join the Ventura office of Kegel, Tobin, and Truce in 2012, where I continue to focus my practice on workers’ compensation defense claims. I’m fortunate to work with great colleagues, and in an area of law, I enjoy.