I have been an attorney for 35 years, including about a year and a half as the Hearings Referee for the Jackson County Circuit Court.
During my time as the Hearings Referee, I had the opportunity to preside over hundreds of hearings and to observe lots of lawyers and clients present their cases to me. This experience helped me to further develop a good idea of what is effective, and what isn’t, when it comes to presenting the case to the Court. In terms of my abilities to effectively present matters to the Court, I believe that preparation and organization are absolutely vital.
I’m a native Oregonian, born and raised right here in Medford. I graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1976, got my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1980, and earned my law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1983.
I began my legal career as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force in 1984, and had the opportunity to handle trials all over the United States and also in Europe. I’ve lived in Upstate New York, Hawaii, England, and California. I worked primarily as a prosecutor, but also completed two years as a criminal defense attorney and two years as a government contracts attorney.
We returned to Medford in 1995 and I worked at a large firm for a couple of years before opening my own firm in 1997. In establishing my own office, I focused primarily on Family Law, Probate (including Guardianships and Conservatorships), basic Estate Planning, and all types of Arbitration and Mediation. Over the years, I have handled an average of 75 – 100 hearings or trials a year, primarily in Jackson County, but sometimes I take on interesting cases in Josephine, Klamath or Curry counties.
In 2018 I accepted a position with the Jackson County Circuit Court as its Hearings Referee / Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem. At that time, I intended to finish out my legal career as a Judge. During my time with the Court, I presided over approximately 3,700 hearings. Unfortunately, in late 2019, the Oregon Legislature defunded my position with the Oregon Judicial Department; Jackson County Circuit Court no longer has a Hearings Referee, and I have returned to private practice.
- Willamette University College of Law – Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1983
- University of Oregon – Bachelor of Arts – 1980
- Oregon State Bar
- Jackson County Bar
- Oregon State Bar Family Law Section
- Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section
- Oregon State Bar Juvenile Law Section
When I’m not practicing law, I enjoy spending time with family, refereeing High School basketball, playing basketball, cycling, traveling, restoring my 1967 Mercedes Benz 200, reading, and sampling a good bottle of wine or an interesting beer.