It gives me great pleasure, both professionally and personally, to counsel and represent individuals and families that have reached a critical crossroads in their lives, and through that counsel and representation, help them to establish a new direction free of the hardships and missfortune of burdensome debt.
A Wisconsin native, I came to Arizona as a teenager, via Colorado, and attended the University of Arizona, where I majored in History, minored in Sociology, played music in coffee shops and worked in retail and food service. I continued on to earn a Master’s Degree in History, specializing in Latin American History, and working as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Latin American History and United States History courses.
While in Graduate School, two important things happened. One, I met an amazing microbiology major and married her. Second, I worked for Habitat for Humanity, where I worked directly with applicants for homes. While at Habitat, I decided to pursue a career where I could assist people in bettering their lives. While completing my Masters Thesis, I applied for Law School, and began working as a legal assistant at the law offices of Quigley and Whitehill. I then attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where I sought as much hands on client experience as possible. I was a Volunteer Intake Interviewer at the local Legal Aid office in my second semester, and by that summer, I had my own clients under the supervision of a senior attorney. I continued my relationship with Legal Aid throughout Law School as an Intake Interviewer, Volunteer Attorney, and in the Law School’s Civil Practice Clinic. I also received mediation training and mediated small claims cases at the county court with the Mediation Clinic. Clinging to my past, I also spent a semester as a Teaching Assistant for a U.S. History course with the University of Oregon History Department.
During my second year of law school, my wonderful daughter was born. With a young family, and my wife’s desire to take her turn at postgraduate studies, I finished law school one semester early and we returned to Arizona. I passed the Arizona Bar Exam and was admitted to practice just as Mr. Neeley was looking for another attorney to assist with his growing firm. I am thrilled to be with a firm that emphasizes client interaction, and takes an active role in assisting clients through the process they find themselves in. My experiences as an advocate and as a teacher have convinced me that taking the time to explain the process, ask questions, and understand the circumstances are crucial to effectively navigating the system, and that ultimately all parties - debtors, creditors, the government, the courts and the economy - benefit from this approach.
My belief is that a lawyer’s role is one of an intermediary between individual citizens and the complex systems that shape so much of the social, economic and political functions of our country. This is especially true in the Bankruptcy context, and I am glad to fill that role for those who need relief in these uncertain times.