Areas of Practice

I am a civil litigator who specializes in complex litigation in state and federal court. I have extensive experience in the areas of civil rights, public entity liability, class actions and personal injury, and I excel in any litigation involving complex factual and legal issues.

I am an effective advocate because of my ability to quickly analyze the facts in light of the critical legal issues and to anticipate the potential pitfalls and most promising strategies of any case. I work well with agency counsel and staff to assemble the documents and facts necessary to defend a case.

Combatting Abuse of Special Education Students

There is a hidden epidemic of abuse in special education classrooms across the nation. Disabled students suffer abuse at rates much higher than other children. Their parents are not able to monitor what goes on…

Complex Civil Litigation and Class Actions

As co-counsel with the California Attorney General’s office, I represented the state in a 1 statewide class action in which the plaintiffs alleged that the disparity between the payment rate…

Government Tort Liability

It is not possible to effectively handle a lawsuit for damages against governmental agencies without understanding the procedural rules and immunity provisions that govern these actions…

Employment

Lawsuits arising out of the employment relationship usually involve more than one theory of recovery. Plaintiffs may challenge an adverse employment action based on discrimination on the basis…

Civil Law

The core theme of the U.S. Constitution is balancing the need for government action against the right of individual citizens. Over the years and after thousands of cases, a complicated body of law…

Mediation

I’m an active participant in the Alternative Dispute Resolution program of the Northern District of California and I’ve acted as a judge pro tem in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties….