From August 2005 to present I have practiced in all areas of family law including dissolution, annulment, custody, and support modification, as well as related areas of step-parent adoptions and guardianships. I prepare all documentation from Petitions to Requests for Orders. I appear at all hearings, motions and trials. I perform discovery and negotiate and draft marital settlement agreements. I represent minors at school board expulsion hearings.
I currently offer assistance with Wills and Trusts and other general law practice.
From August 2000 to May 2005 I worked for the Madera County Superior Court at the Family Law Center as the Family Law Facilitator/Self Help Attorney. I established the Family Law Center, a self-help program to educate self-educated litigants in legal processes such as courtroom procedures, trial tactics, and filling out Judicial Council forms. I developed instructional packets in Family Law and Probate Guardianship matters. I was given the opportunity to advise the local Victim Service organization, paralegals, attorneys, other court divisions and law enforcement on Family Law matters.
I started my career in January 1995 working for the Law Office of John Barker and Associates as a Deputy Public Defender in Madera, California. I managed felony and misdemeanor criminal cases from arraignment to trial, including pre-trial negotiations, pleas, motions, trials, sentencing, and misdemeanor appeals. I appeared and counseled on conservatorships, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency and Family Support cases, including contested contempt of court, modifications and paternity issues.
Lincoln University The Law School
San Jose, California
Moot Court, Best Oral Argument Award
Pepperdine University Malibu, California
B.A. Political Science, History 1989
Year-in-Europe Program, Florence Italy
Pacific Christian Academy
Valedictorian Graton, California 1985