Hi, and welcome to my law office. A little about me:
I went to college at the University of Minnesota for my B.A., then went to the University of Oregon law school for my law degree. Along the way, I also attended the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, where I studied international litigation and European Economic Community law.
As you might guess from the three universities I attended, I've moved around a bit. I was born in New York City, spent my childhood in New York, then my teenage and high school years in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, metro area. I've also lived in the cities of Seattle and Oklahoma City here in the US, as well as the cities of Nantes and Paris in France. I love Oregon, and settled here because it is truly a wonderful place to live.
I'm a fixed-wing airplane pilot and a US Air Force veteran, having served on active duty with the 964th Airborne Warning And Control Squadron (commonly known by the acronym AWACS) in the early 1980's. My squadron literally flew a global mission in the '80's and I had the opportunity during those years to observe, first-hand, peoples of the world in a wide variety of geographic, social, and economic settings, not just western Europe and similar cultures such as Australia, but also communities from Okinawa and Japan, to the Philippines to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and flew combat missions over the Persian Gulf and the October 1983 Grenada Invasion. Some of these communities suffered extreme poverty, others suffered extreme gender inequality, while others suffered the consequences of severe geopolitical instability. Everywhere I found myself, I found indivdiual people with compelling life experiences and stories.
After military service, I worked in the civil Air Traffic Control profession, handling air traffic under radar control at the Seattle Area Route Traffic Control Center with the Federal Aviation Administration. Before becoming a lawyer, I also engaged in extensive securities trading in the U.S. and European markets, focusing on the area of mergers and acquisitions arbitrage trading, which I eventually walked away from as unsatisfying.
And so, I came to law practice in 2002 as a third or fourth career, informed by my life experience, a love for travel and flight, a passion for the worker, a healthy skepticism of the structural integrity of the private corporation, and a desire to help people as individuals. I am licensed for the practice of law in the State of Oregon, and admitted to practice in all Oregon State Courts, the US District Court for the Federal District of Oregon, and in the US before the administrative law judges of the National Transportation Safety Board, and am an active member of the Oregon State Bar, the Lane County Bar Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.