My mission is to ensure that every person charged with a crime is guaranteed due process of the law and afforded a fair trial. My belief is that jail or prison, especially for minor drug related offenses, is harmful to the offender and society as a whole. That is why I strive so hard on every single case. Our country’s high incarceration rate and the reasons it incarcerates people has motivated me to work hard to protect the Constitutional rights of criminal defendants. I have a commitment to equal access to justice and have enjoyed serving all the clients whom I have represented and assisted in representing.
I am driven to work hard by my commitment to the Constitution. The Founding Fathers were concerned with protecting individuals from the Government and that was the reasoning behind the Bill of Rights. The Constitution guarantees people certain rights any time the Government is acting to deprive them of life, liberty or property. My job is to protect those rights and hold the Government to the high burden of proof that is required for a deprivation of life, liberty or property.
My experience consists primarily of work in the field of criminal defense. Throughout law school I worked in various criminal defense offices, both public and private. I have appeared in California Superior Courts on numerous felony and misdemeanor cases. My experience consists of appearances in courts in the following California Counties: El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Alpine, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Alameda, Santa Clara, Colusa and Orange counties. I have also appeared in Nevada in Douglas County Superior Court.
I attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. There I was awarded a Certificate of Concentration in Criminal Law. The University’s close proximity to a high number of courthouses and the amount of in-court experience its students receive drew me to Hastings. Following my graduation in 2010, I was admitted to the California State Bar after passing the Bar Examination. Soon after, I passed the Nevada Bar Examination and became licensed in Nevada as well as California.
My undergraduate education was at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. My focus was on the topic of economic justice. I find that this is highly relevant to my work in criminal justice. Throughout my whole life, including college and law school, I worked as a property manager. My experience handling all matters relating to both residential and commercial properties provided me with valuable knowledge for my practice and life in general.
I consider myself an avid outdoor enthusiast. My love of the mountains, skiing, snowboarding, camping, road cycling, mountain biking and skydiving has brought me to South Lake Tahoe. These are the special things in life that should bring people together, not the threat of incarceration. So no matter how we meet, I hope to share some of these activities with you one day…