I became a partner with Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP in 2016, where I specialize in helping businesses solve problems, both in litigation and non-litigation contexts. Over the course of my career I have litigated a wide variety of civil disputes on behalf of individuals and businesses, big and small. In addition, I serve as counsel to businesses in an advisory role on matters such as business organization, contract formation, dispute negotiation and employment issues.
While finding solutions to my clients’ problems is my professional passion, I get the most enjoyment out of spending time with my wife and four children. As a family, we participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, with a particular fondness for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. When the ground is too flat and the weather is too hot for snow sports, I can often be found coaching my kids’ youth sports teams.
My practice has allowed me to obtain extensive civil litigation experience in state and federal court, where I have consistently obtained excellent results for my clients. I regularly represent clients in commercial disputes pertaining to issues such as contract rights, shareholder rights, securities, labor & employment, and many other issues that businesses encounter. Many of the cases that I handle are designated as complex by the courts; despite their many moving parts, I pride myself on finding pragmatic and efficient solutions to handling and resolving complex matters.
It is always my goal to obtain excellent results for my clients, as efficiently as possible, at the earliest opportunity. In an effort to achieve this goal, I carefully analyze relevant facts from the beginning through every phase of litigation, looking for ways to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve positive results for my clients. I have employed this approach throughout my career to create leverage that frequently allows me to negotiate favorable settlements for my clients. When opposing parties fail to voluntarily dismiss meritless actions or settle on terms acceptable to my clients, I use the tools at my disposal to achieve positive results, which has led to getting dozens of defense cases dismissed well before trial through Demurrers, Anti-SLAPP motions, Motions for Summary Judgment, and Motions for Terminating Sanctions, as well as obtaining a $10 million plaintiffs judgment in my clients’ favor at trial.
Business Organization & Corporate Advisory
Businesses also hire me to serve in an advisory role on such matters as corporate formation, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and formation, dispute negotiation, and labor & employment issues. Because I represent many of my clients in litigation, I am keenly aware of the time and expense associated with lawsuits, which often siphon away valuable resources that my clients could better utilize in support of their primary business endeavors. With this understanding and insight into what types of issues frequently lead to businesses winding up in court, I help my clients conduct their affairs in such a way to avoid lawsuits when possible and put themselves in advantageous positions should litigation become unavoidable.
I began my career as an Associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 2003. In 2006, I joined Fernandez & Lauby LLP, where I became a Partner in the firm and served my clients in that role until I departed to join Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP in 2016.
I graduated in 2003 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law with a specialization in corporate law. In 1999, I graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Memberships & Affiliations
I am admitted to practice law in the State of California and before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
On May 16, 2013, I was a seminar speaker at the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar, in which I presented with a panel that discussed key factors of importance to counsel for Plaintiffs, Developers and Subcontractors, as well as Judges, Mediators and Insurance Representatives. As the speaker on the panel with extensive experience representing developers of real property, I presented regarding key concerns and strategies of importance to counsel for property developers in construction defect litigation.