Biography

I am an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and have been practicing law for over twenty-five years in California. Prior to starting my own law practice in the 1980s, I was one of the principal transactional and securities attorneys at De Castro, West, Chodorow & Burns, a Los Angeles law firm specializing in business and commercial transactions, taxation, securities, real estate and estate planning. I hold a B.S. in economics and an M.B.A. (concentration in finance) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before attending law school, I was a banker in the commercial finance and real estate division of State Street Bank and Trust of Boston.

I have served as a judge pro tem for both the Los Angeles and the San Bernardino County Municipal Courts, and as a fee dispute arbitrator for the Los Angeles Bar Association. I teach business law and other law-related courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for the University of Phoenix, and previously served as an adjunct professor of law at the La Verne University College of Law, and an instructor in business law for the legal assistant certificate program of UC Riverside. I also served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity.