Education

Juris Doctor, 1987
J. Reuben Clark Law School
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

(Merit Scholarship 1984-1987; Note and Comment Editor, BYU Journal of Public Law, 1986- 1987; Chair, Natural Resources Law Forum, 1986-1987)

Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) English, 1984
Cum Laude
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

(Hinckley Scholar, 1982-1983; Presidential Scholar 1977-1978; Phi Eta Sigma 1977-1978; Phi Kappa Phi)

Professional Training

Certificate in Mediation Skills Training (2016)
Northwestern University
School of Professional Studies
Conducted at Chicago, Illinois

Certificate in Arbitrator Training (2016)
Bar Association of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

CAR Mediator Training course (2015)
California Association of Realtors

Mediator Training course (2017)
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, California

Admissions

United States Supreme Court
All California State Courts
Federal District Court for the Northern District of California
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California

Superior Court Judge Appointment

Superior Court Judge pro tem for Contra Costa County Superior Court (1994-1997)

Professional Appointments

Mediator, Contra Costa County Superior Court mediation panel (2018 – present)
Mediator, Alameda County Superior Court Day of Trial mediation panel (2016 – present)
Mediator, Santa Clara County Superior Court mediation panel (2018 – present)
Mediator, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) mediation panel (2017 – present)
Mediator, California Association of Realtors mediation panel (2017 – present)
Mediator, California Lawyers for the Arts mediation panel (2017 – present)
Chair, Contra Costa County Bar Association ADR section (2020); Director (2018 – present)
Co-Chair, Alameda County Bar Association ADR Executive Committee (2020); member (2018 – present)
Director, Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (1995-1996)

Professional Memberships

California State Bar
San Francisco Bar Association (BASF)
Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA)
Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (EACBA)
President, Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council (2017- 2018); member (2015 – present)
Contra Costa County Builders Exchange (2008-2010)

Ratings

AV Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell (2002-present)
Designated Superlawyer by Thomson Reuters (2014-2016, 2020)
AVVO Rated 10.0 out of 10.0 Superb (2015-present)
Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (2017)

Published Treatise

Update Author, CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) California Real Property Remedies and Damages (2018 – 2019)

Published Opinion

Dieden v. Schmidt (2002) 104 Cal. App. 4th 645

Legal Publications

Legal Community

Mediator and Judge, American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation Competition, (2019) UC Berkeley School of Law
Presiding Judge, University of California, Hastings College of the Law Moot Court Competition, San Francisco, California (2017)
Presiding Judge, Empire Mock Trial, United States Federal District Courthouse, Northern District of California (2016, 2017)

Community

Rotary International (2007-2009, 2015-present)
Member of the California Boys State Selection Committee (2019-2020)