I was born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois, a small town about thirty miles north of Springfield. A lawyer named Lincoln residing in Springfield represented the railroad which had platted the town. He christened the town site in 1853 by pouring watermelon juice on the ground in the town square and his employers named the town after him. My three siblings and I spent most of our childhood playing outside. The 200 acre pasture a block from our home had trees, a creek, and plenty of room to play. In middle school and high school I played on several sports teams. I’m still a big sports fan.
After graduating from law school, I moved to Sandpoint, Idaho. The forests, rivers, lakes and mountains of the Northwest were a big change from the corn and soy bean fields. Skiing, riding snow machines, hiking and boating with friends were regularly on the calendar. In 1986 I moved to Phoenix and quickly grew to appreciate living in this great State. I have a wonderful family and two big dogs. My wife is also a lawyer and we have long discussions with our millennials on legal issues that are important to them.
Areas of Practice
Trial and appellate practice in personal injury and insurance litigation, including vehicle accident, roadway design/construction/maintenance, premises liability, governmental liability including § 1983 claims, professional liability, municipal liability.
More than twenty-five jury trials as lead counsel, including vehicle accident, premises liability, government liability, roadway design/construction/maintenance.
Memberships & Associations
Licenses & Admissions
United States District Court, Idaho, 1980; Arizona, 1986
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986
Gonzaga University School of Law, JD, 1980
Illinois State University, 1976