My practice focuses on civil appeals, writs and post-trial motions. I accept cases in California courts throughout the state and federal cases from throughout the Ninth Circuit. I opened my appellate practice in the summer of 2005 with more than a decade of experience litigating high-stakes business cases involving matters such as fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and other business torts. The shift to appellate practice was natural for me. I have always enjoyed and been good at the skills I believe are essential to appellate practice: analysis, research, writing and oral advocacy.
Though appellate practice itself certainly is a legal niche because it emphasizes a different set of skills than trial practice does, I tend to agree with Texas appellate attorney and blogger D. Todd Smith, who once wrote that appellate attorneys are, in this age of increasing specialization, “perhaps the last of the generalists.” Thus, my practice is not oriented toward any particular area of the law, but in the skills required to sway judges – incisive analysis and strategic planning, persuasive legal writing and articulate oral advocacy, all backed up by meticulous research – applied to the substantive area of law presented in each case, whether family law, criminal law, employment, personal injury, estates, or business litigation.
I am now of counsel to Jones & Lester, LLP. You can reach me by calling (805) 604-2655.