About Me

“Expertise, Experience, and Effectiveness.”

I have been representing juveniles in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Amador, San Joaquin, Yolo and Alameda counties since 1994. My entire practice is Juvenile law related, be it Delinquency Court, Dependency Court or Probate Guardianship Court. Never a prosecutor, I am focused on assisting my clients and nothing else. I have been doing so for twenty years. I have been recognized and asked to appear at yearly conferences such as “Trading Secrets: An Insiders Perspective of How Sacramento Juvenile Justice Agencies Work” in Sacramento County. I served as a panel member in the 2007 “Developing Effective Practices in Juvenile Delinquency Caseflow Management.” This seminar was attended by juvenile court judges and attorneys from across California, and was hosted by the Administrative Office of the Courts. And to keep up with changes in the law, I attend specialized juvenile law and guardianship seminars each year. My expertise is also recognized by the Superior Court in Sacramento, which appoints me to act as Guardian ad Litem in Juvenile Dependency cases where a family member is not available. I am also regularly apppointed by the Family Court to represent children who are involved in contested Guardianship cases, due to my experience in representing juveniles.

While in law school I was employed by the Sacramento County Public Defender, Juvenile Division. Shortly after graduating from McGeorge School of Law and passing the bar exam in 1996, I launched my private practice. Since then, I have represented hundreds of clients, ranging from relatively minor misdemeanor charges to serious felony allegations. I am currently a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Sacramento County Indigent Defense Juvenile Panel, and the Sacramento Superior Court Probate Guardianship panel. And, to keep my mind clear and my body healthy, I mountain bike competitively throughout Northern California.

Both before and during my legal career, I have taught at elementary, middle school, high school and college levels, possessing both a Master’s Degree in United States History from California State University Long Beach and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the University of the Pacific. I believe my teaching background allows me to connect with young people better than lawyers who can only speak “legalese.” Children’s eyes glaze over when they hear words like “arraignment” and “dispositional Hearing.”

Having raised children myself, I have first hand experience with how difficult it can be to work with children with “issues.” I have first hand experience dealing with ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s children. In fact, whatever your child’s “issue” is, chances are I have experience understanding and working with it.

My office can advise you on all aspects of your child’s legal matter. Whatever crime your child is charged with I will insist that they are treated fairly. If the case is not immediately dismissed, I will pursue every opportunity to remove any blemishes from their record through record seals, charge reductions, and early termination of probation. The State Bar of California discourages attorneys from listing individual case results, but for nearly 20 years I have obtained excellent resolutions in a wide variety of cases, including juvenile crimes, adoptions, guardianships, conservatorships, probate and living trusts. My main office is conveniently located near Highway 50 in Sacramento and I can meet clients in El Dorado Hills as well. Please do not hesitate to call (916) 363-1211 or toll-free at 1 (800) 492-3940 or email me for a free consultation.