A native of Oakland, California, I attended Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a law degree from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville School of Law. I have practiced family law nearly exclusively in San Diego County since December, 1999. I am licensed to practice before all courts of the State of California and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. I am a member of the State Bar of California and of the San Diego County Bar Association. With my free time, I like running, hiking, and freshwater fishing.