I lead what some might call a “military brat” lifestyle during my childhood. Though my parents were not in the military, they changed careers and locations often enough I had moved across the United States twice before third grade. After time in California, North Carolina, and Washington, my sisters and I found ourselves in a small town on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. I attended a small Catholic junior high and high school, St. Mary’s, generally enjoyed it, and then left for college thinking I would be a computer programmer—who didn’t in 2001? I enrolled as a computer engineering student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where my grandfather taught as a professor in the Ag department. As it turned out, I had the aptitude but not the appreciation for computer engineering and began my turn toward law school.
That turn took me from the Central California coast to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. I enrolled and set upon a dual degree in mathematics and philosophy, which I completed with honors in 2005. I began law school at Pepperdine University. Ken Starr was the dean. But Los Angeles was not for me . . . just too many people. So, I enrolled and completed law school at the Northwestern College of Law, Lewis and Clark University. I graduated with honors. I also had a job in Reno. The Honorable Deborah Schumacher, former Chief Judge of the Washoe County Family Court, hired me out of law school.
I had the absolute pleasure to work for and learn from Judge Schumacher from 2008 through 2010. Minor guardianship and child abuse and neglect cases made up the bulk of Judge Schumacher’s case load during my time at the Court. Working on those cases gave me an appreciation for the challenges children face under trying circumstances, as well as their strength to endure.
When I left the Court, I confess, I did not expect to continue in family law, but I received a job offer from Gary Silverman, Mary Anne Decaria, and Michael Kattelman as a family law associate. I took the opportunity and family law practice proved more rewarding than I imagined. Family law is, I believe, the single field of law where a lawyer must be able to address business valuation, trademark, patents, child custody, detailed financial tracing, personal injuries, and quasi-criminal domestic violence and contempt issues.
The fact a family law case may touch on so many issues at once is no reason to make the case one bit more complicated than it has to be. After eight years in practice, I pride myself on the ability to make the complicated simple and help clients find the most economical means to advance their cases. I try my best to have clients avoid stepping over dollars to pick up dimes. Since lawyers are a transaction cost in a divorce, custody, guardianship, or other type of case, minimizing the cost of lawyers leaves more money for spending on your family. “Put your children through college, not mine” isn’t just an aphorism; it is a tenant of my practice.
I am grateful to practice family law in Nevada. I’ve been lucky to appear for clients in much of Nevada, including Reno, Elko, Minden / Gardnerville, Carson City, Battle Mountain, Yerington, and Las Vegas. I have litigated cases at the trial level and before the Nevada Supreme and Appellate courts. I am here to listen, to problem solve, and to make the resolution of your case as quick, inexpensive, and painless as possible.