For the majority my career I provided a defense for people and businesses insured by large national insurance companies. During this time, I thought I was fighting the good fight, defending those who were being sued for a simple lapse in judgment or an accident. All the while the insurance companies were behind the scene using mathematical formulas to figure out how much compensation should be paid to an injured victim.
With time things started to change. I began defending large loss catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. I also began to ask myself: How do you put a value on human life? How do you tell a father who lost his son that he was at fault for his son's death? How can one sit across from accident victims and families, who have lost lives and suffered horrible injuries, and try to argue that your client's employee was not responsible? I felt that a serious change was needed to align my morals with my law practice. As a result, I started representing accident victims and clients who have been harmed by others.
In working with the various insurance companies, not only did I learn what the carriers were looking for, but I learned how they viewed victims and their attorneys. I know what it is like to be a defense attorney, the orders they take from the insurance companies and how they do their job. I now use this knowledge to fight for my clients and push the other side into doing what is right.
I was born in Phoenix, raised in the East Valley and make my home in Gilbert. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our four young boys, reading, coaching youth sports, Crossfit and various outdoor activities.
Practicing civil litigation since February 2008. Eight years spent at AV-rated defense firms handling cases involving auto/trucking accident, personal injury and wrongful death, premise liability, auto dealer liability, product defect, construction defect (GC and subcontractor), construction accident, business and commercial disputes and contracts.
Jury and bench trials in vehicle accident, municipal liability, and debt defense. Arbitrations in contractor nonpayment, injury and contract/fraud disputes.
Licenses & Admissions
State of Arizona; State of New Mexico; United States District Court for the District of Arizona; United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Juris Doctor, 2007.
Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, 2003.