Real Life Experience - Big Picture Approach
Our primary focus is family law: dissolutions of marriages and domestic partnerships, child custody, division of community property, and other issues related to dissolutions. Additionally, we handle matters in criminal court such as DUI, domestic violence, bankruptcy, and others on a case-by-case basis.
Although I graduated from law school in 1999, I didn't become involved in the legal field until 2003 when I began working in civil litigation in both state and federal court. In mid-2006, I began working in family law on dissolution matters, primarily as a volunteer at Pro Bono Project in San Jose, then individually.
Generally, my cases involve parents seeking to either establish or modify a custody arrangement. Such cases can be highly emotional, volatile, and the outcomes can be unpredictable. As such, the best approach is to be realistic on goal setting, be patient, and be well-organized.
777 North First Street
San Jose CA 95112
I offer a free, 30 minute consultation in person (by appointment).
I utilize the typical retainer method, where you essentially pre-pay for a certain amount of my time. As work is performed and fees earned, I create an invoice and transfer the fees from the retainer deposit into my working account. Anything remaining in the retainer account is returned to the client at the completion of services unless other arrangements are made. Occasionally I will do certain work for a fixed flat fee, established at the start of the representation, upon agreement with the client.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Consultation and emergency after hours by appointment.
I chose my primary areas of practice because the blend of my personal experience and education seem to best serve clients in these types of matters.
I welcome and encourage clients educating themselves on legal issues. This enhances and stimulates lively strategy discussion with the attorney. No one knows more about the facts of the matter than the client. Thus, a client with some legal knowledge will be helpful to the attorney in matching facts to pertinent legal issues.
Yes. Â Certain documents such as income and property declarations are ideally suited for client preparation. Â Documents that require specialized legal knowledge to construct, or that are important for preparation and understanding of the case might be better suited for the attorney to prepare. Â Each case is unique and I give all my clients the time and consideration required to properly prepare their documents.
Only in certain rare and limited situations. Â Clients deserve my best effort, and due to the complexity and dynamic nature of the law, its just not possible to live up to that expectation in a coaching role.
Prior to becoming an attorney, I owned and managed a small business - a manufacturing company in the electronics industry of Silicon Valley, California for a period of 25 years, employing as many as 95 people.
As a small business owner for over 25 years, I was on the receiving end of legal advice for a spectrum of issues. Additionally, I experienced firsthand the effects of a dissolution on a family with children. Thus, much of the advice that I offer clients is not only sourced in my education, but is seasoned with knowledge gained through life experience.
I believe that my analytical engineering background (from manufacturing) enhances my personal style of being firm yet compassionate. I like to foster a collaborative approach to solving difficult problems, but I have found that in many cases this is not possible and therefore toe-to-toe is necessary.Personal interests:
I am a private pilot, enjoy golf and fitness activities with my family, including children and grandchildren.
Bar Number: 254628
Lincoln Law School of San Jose
Juris Doctorate, 1999
University of Santa Clara
Masters of Business Administration (partially complete), 1978
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1975
West Valley College
Associate of Arts, 1971
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