I practice commercial real estate litigation with Trainor Fairbrook in Sacramento, California. I holds a BA in Economics, summa cum laude from Austin College. I graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University School of Law, in 2002, where among other accomplishments I served as Student Articles Editor for the Creighton Law Review.
Prior to joining Trainor Fairbrook in 2006, I practiced constitutional law for four years with the Pacific Legal Foundation, a national non-profit public interest law organization headquartered in Sacramento, California. My work with the Pacific Legal Foundation included constitutional litigation, with a focus on individual rights and limits on the federal government’s power. Among the cases I litigated at PLF was Smith v. Novato Unified School District, (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 1439 in which I served as trial counsel and authored the principal brief on appeal. The Smith case set new precedent for high school students’ free speech rights under the California Constitution.
I have continued to refine my appellate skills at Trainor Fairbrook. Among the cases I have handled recently, two stand-out for setting precedent: Sixells, LLC v. Cannery Business Park, et. al., (2008) 170 Cal.App.4th 648, and
Muzzi v. Bel Air Mart, (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 456.
My published works to date include Currents In Commerce Clause Scholarship Since Lopez: A Survey, 32 Capital University Law Review 671 (2004) and United States v. Morrison, The Commerce Clause and the Substantial Effect Test, No Substantial Limit on Federal Power, 34 Creighton University Law Review 675 (2001). Both works discuss the proper scope of federal authority under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
When not practicing law, I enjoy reading (books as opposed to case law), and running and cycling, and spending time with my family.