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Personal Background

Personal Background Information
 
Education
JD    
Western State University, College of Law, 1976
BA    
St. Mary’s College, 1967
Major: Psychology
Minors: Philosophy, World Literature


Legal Credentials
Admitted to California Bar, 1977 (California State Bar #074984)
Member: National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives


Legal Experience
19 years of Public Agency Litigation Experience:
16 years in private practice.

Senior Attorney for California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS):
Handled several hundred cases, more than half of which involved entitlement to disability retirement. Other cases handled on behalf of CalPERS involved health benefit eligibility issues, long-term care eligibility, community property, probate, insurance defense, subrogation, fiduciary liability, general government law and administrative law. Obtained many favorable decisions from the Courts of Appeal.

Legal Counsel: California Health Facilities Commission:
Handled more than 100 administrative appeals. Practice included health law, legislation, lobbying and litigation management.


Honors and Awards
Academic:

American Jurisprudence Award for scholastic achievement in Criminal Law.
 
Military:
U.S. Army Awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
 
Other:
Commendation from the Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Personality and Philosophy

  • I encourage my clients to be well-informed about their cases.
  • I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.
  • I am willing to coach or advise clients who want to represent themselves.
  • I have always wanted people to be treated fairly. Practicing law is a way to help people get fair treatment.
  • I also enjoy developing written and oral arguments.
  • I have a special interest in psychiatric disabilities. I majored in psychology and I have maintained an interest in it throughout my adult life. I have an ability to understand medical and psychiatric illnesses and their causes. This helps me represent clients with medical-legal issues.
  • What I like best about my career is that my efforts often improve the lives of my clients when they are awarded disability benefits.
  • I am a solo practitioner and I handle all aspects of my clients' cases.
  • I believe in involving my clients in decision making with respect to their cases.

Call Today At ♦ (916) 965-6298
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Address:

4088 Bridge St
Fair Oaks CA, 95628

Business Hours:


By Appointment Only

Monday - Friday 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed


Contact Us At:

Phone:   (916) 965-6298
Fax:           (916) 863-5379


In Business Since 1987