From first entering UCLA Law School, I had no doubt that I was meant to be a trial lawyer. My professional life has been devoted to excellence in the practice of law and dedication to the needs and concerns of my clients. My varied background and breadth of experience in different areas of the law gives me the ability to see issues where others don\'t, and look for solutions that others would overlook. I have worked for the government, corporations, and private practice (large firm, small firm, and solo). I was one of the founders of a large firm, and served on its management committee. As a solo, I have greater flexibility in the cases I handle and am frequently called in on difficult cases that flummox others. My work has taken me into the areas of insurance, intellectual property, business, employment, personal injury, family law, elder abuse and probate litigation. My practice today focuses on elder law and elder abuse, family law, civil litigation and contested probate matters including conservatorships and guardianships. Other attorneys seek out my assistance to consult or handle difficult litigation matters, including through trial. As a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, with over 200 trials in my career, I never shy away from a fight, but always keep resolution at the forefront because that is usually in a client\'s best interest. I have particular skill in matters involving mental health and addiction/substance abuse -- matters that touch almost every individual and family in some way. In short, I am not just a skilled and respected trial lawyer: I am experienced, compassionate, and capable, with a broader perspective than most. This lets me be creative and effective in identifying and resolving legal matters while giving clients the sense of being heard and understood.