Education and Background
I attended the University of Oklahoma, where I received my bachelor's degree with a tri-major in Journalism, History and English, in 1969. After a stint as a newspaper reporter and editor, I received my law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and have practiced in Alameda County, California, since my admission to the bar in 1979.
My practice over the years has covered a wide range of legal areas, including criminal and corporate law, conservatorships and family law. Today, it is limited to estate planning and probate, as well as select matters in real estate, business and personal injury. For specific information about these areas of law, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The San Francisco Bay Area has been good to me and I believe in giving back to my community. I have volunteered my services to the Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) Senior Centers (monthly clinics offering free legal advice) for more than 25 years and have lectured at numerous elder law seminars. I have sat as a temporary judge in Alameda County traffic and small claims courts, been an amateur lobbyist in Sacramento and was chairman of the campaign to incorporate the community of Castro Valley as a city in 2002.
I like my coffee served in a China cup, write with a fountain pen and love to wear a tux. But most weekends you can find me unshaven and up to my knees and elbows in dirt from working in my vegetable garden. I wear a diamond earring and grow orchids, but I repair my own computers and clean my own gutters. I believe that compromise is nearly always more productive than fighting, but when I absolutely must fight for my clients, I fight to win.
Selected Activities and Memberships
I am a member of Mensa, former vice president of the Board of Directors of Oakland Opera, past president of San Leandro Community Counseling (a precursor to the Davis Street Foundation) and former vice president of the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce.
Practicing Primarily In:
Durable powers of attorney
Expert Assistance In:
Minimizing estate taxes
Helping your loved ones in the orderly distribution of your estate
Also Serving Clients In:
Small business formation and maintenance
Real estate matters
Serving the communities of:
Livermore, Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Fremont, Union City, Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon.
373 N. L St.Livermore, CA 94551