After passing the California State Bar Exam in 1977, I opened a private practice at Tahoe Paradise, California. A year later, my practice was joined by Jon Robbins. Our practice handled Estate Planning matters, Real Estate Transactions, and other general civil matters.
After four years of private practice, I became a floor trader on the Pacific Stock Exchange for six years with a seat on the options floor of the Exchange serving as a Market Maker.
After my wife and I had our two daughters, we decided it was time for me to get back into the full time practice of law. After much discussion, we decided to move to the state of Idaho in the hope that raising our children there would be more like our own childhoods in Lafayette and Walnut Creek, California.
In Idaho, after passing the Idaho State Bar exam, I went to work with Hamlin & Sasser in downtown Boise. While there I represented all three of the Bankruptcy Trustees then serving in Idaho. I also continued my Estate Planning practice and handled other civil matters for the firm until 1992 when I opened my own office.
Initially, my practice consisted of the continued representation of the local Bankruptcy Trustees. But after several more years of that, I realized that my heart was better aligned with a practice consisting of both Estate Planning and Real Estate Contracts.
Between 1995 and 2008, I had the privilege of preparing approximately 2,500 real estate sales contracts for by-owner transactions and then coaching those sales to a successful closing.
With the Great Recession, my work shifted to exclusively focus on Estate Planning and Probate work. The practice continued to grow until it was joined by my longtime friend and new attorney, Daniel Patchin, in 2017. We were, in turn, joined by our friend and new attorney, Ben Monaghan, in 2018.
From 2013 to 2019, it was my privilege to train up Daniel and Ben in the best ways to handle both Estate Planning and Probate matters in a fashion that provides affordable and efficient services to those with needs in those areas. To have them join the practice after having known them for so many years – long before they ever thought about becoming lawyers -- has been a delight.
Beginning in 2019, I stepped back and no longer work actively with clients. But I am still the Founding Member of the firm, helping to keep the administrative wheels of the firm turning smoothly and the practice on track.
J.D., Armstrong College School of Law (Berkeley, CA), 1977
B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1973
Majors: Black Studies & Religious Studies
California State Bar
Member Since: 1977
Idaho State Bar
Member Since: 1988
President and Legal Advisor for Homeschool Idaho
Helped establish Idaho Coalition of Home Educators in 1992 to gain the legal right to homeschool in Idaho free from government interference. In 2018, ICHE merged with Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho state to form Homeschool Idaho.
Board Member of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Served as a board member for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho working with the Idaho Legislature on pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and pro-choice-in-education issues.
Active backpacking in the high mountains of Idaho. Birdwatching. Snow skiing. English riding. Paddle boarding. International travel. Reading everything from Economics to thrillers and political intrigue. Helped design, construct, and operate a 96-unit townhome project in Meridian, Idaho since 2014.