I attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I graduated with a degree in political science. My next goal was to attend law school. I went to law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.
While in law school, I wanted to find ways to give back to the community. I was able to serve as a student/teacher for the law school’s Street Law program. The program focuses on advancing justice through classroom and community education programs. It provides opportunities for members of the legal community to interact with youth on issues surrounding law and justice. As a student/teacher, I taught underprivileged high school students who were interested in the law. My involvement with the program focused on ways the law can be used productively in the students’ lives. I also provided information on the various careers available in the field of law. My participation in the Street Law program was a very impactful part of my education.
After law school, I began my legal career as a solo practitioner. I assisted employees with wage and hour disputes. At the same time, I helped small businesses with regulatory compliance. The next step in my legal career took me to a prominent San Diego law firm. I focused my practice on defending companies in workers’ compensation matters. My clients included small and large business as well as insured and self-insured businesses. Throughout my practice, I have handled all aspects of litigation – from depositions, investigations, and witness interviews, to trials, 123a claims, and discrimination matters.
In March of 2017, I made a strategic decision to continue my workers’ compensation practice at the San Diego office of Kegel, Tobin and Truce, becoming a shareholder in January, 2021. In my practice at KT&T, I represent the interests of insured employers and their carriers in defense of matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.