BIOGRAPHY Empathy and compassion are the cornerstones of my philosophy in the practice of law. Justice demands truth in thought, truth in speech, and truth in action. Anything less is unworthy.
My ability to inspire justice and shine a light on untruths sets me apart. In a world bewildered by untruth, I expose those who run from responsibility, and effectuate change through accountability.
HONORS & RECOGNITION Super Lawyer (top 5% of all lawyers) 2011 – Present Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America 2009 – Present Trial Lawyer of the Year, WA State WDTL 2013 Instructor Trial Lawyers College 2006 – Present AVVO, Perfect 10 rating Martindale-Hubbell, Distinguished Ability & Ethics Seattle Clemency Project, 2018 – Present Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers College 2003 "Rising Star", Law & Politics, 2005 – 2006, 2008 – 2009
PUBLICATIONS Trial Magazine, I Am Just Your Reflection, 2020 The Warrior Magazine, The Mind Is Not a Brain, It Is Your Soul, 2019 The Trial News, The Problem With Today, 2018 The Warrior Magazine, GUILTY, 2017 Trial Magazine, Trial Tips For The Trial Lawyer, 2014 Trial News, I almost Puked, 2012 The Warrior Magazine, Presidents Report, 2008 The Warrior, What The Trial Lawyers College Means To Me, 2006
LICENSES WA State United States Supreme Court United States District Court, Western WA United States District Court, Eastern WA United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit United States Tax Court
STATES LITIGATED IN WA Truck accident, Med mal, Products liability, Murder, White Collar crime CA Copyright infringement, US Olympic sex abuse, Personal injury FL RICO IA Nursing home abuse CO Traumatic brain injury NV Personal injury ID Sexual assault, Personal injury OR Personal injury HI Business law
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS President, Kitsap County Bar Assoc., 2011–12 President, F-Warriors Club, 2008–09 Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers College, 2008–2009 Board of Directors, WSAJ, 2007–2012 Board of Leg. Affairs, Chamber of Commerce, 2004 –08 Treasurer, Port Orchard Rotary, 2001-2003
EDUCATION Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WY, 2001 Seattle University School of Law, 1996 Indiana University, 1993 William Henry Harrison High School, IN, 1989
TEACHING Trial Lawyers College, WY, Voir Dire, 2019 WA Regional, Trial Lawyers College, Closing argument, 2019 University of Washington, Trial Skills, 2018 CA Regional Seminar, TLC, Los Angeles, Cross Examination, 2018 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Voir Dire, 2018 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Cross Examination, 2017 WA Regional, TLC, Direct Examination, 2017 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Grad Course I, 2016 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Trial Skills, July & September 2016 WA Regional, Direct Examination, 2016 Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, WY, 2015 CA Regional Seminar, New Port Beach, TLC, Voir Dire, 2015 WA Regional Seminal, Leavenworth, Direct Examination, 2015 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Graduate Course I, 2015 Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WY, Trial Skills, 2014 CA Regional Seminar, TLC, Opening Statements, 2014 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Graduate Course I, 2014 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Prejudice in the Courtroom, 2013 CA Regional Seminar, Opening Statement, 2013 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Trial Skills, 2012 WA Regional, Discovering the Story, 2012 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Trial Skills, 2011 Trial Lawyers College, WY, Graduate Course I, 2011 WA Regional Seminal, Cross Examination, 2011
NATIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS NJ Assoc. of Justice, Atlantic City, Truck Driver Deposition, 2020 AAJ, New Orleans, LA, Soulfulness in the Jury Trial, 2020 Bob Chaloupka’s "Kick Ass Trial Seminar," NE, Closing Argument, 2019 WSBA Small Practice Forum, Trial Tips From Trial Pros, 2019 Western Trial Lawyers Assoc., Hawaii, Jury Selection, 2019 WSAJ, Seattle, WA, Closing Argument, 2019 Alaska Criminal Defense Lawyers, Discovering the Story, 2018 WSAJ Winter Convention, Seattle, WA, Voir Dire, 2018 Western Trial Lawyers Assoc., Hawaii, Working With Experts, 2018 WSAJ, Tacoma, WA, General Damages, 2015 Justice Advocacy Africa, Ugandan Law Society, Trial Skills, 2015 WSBA, Seattle, WA, Trial Advocacy, 2013 WSTLA, Seattle, WA, All The Right Moves in Tort Litigation, 2012 WSTLA , Seattle, WA, Motion and Trial Practice, 2010 Justice Advocacy Africa, Ugandan Law Society, Trial Skills, 2010 WSBA, Seattle, Solutions for the Criminal Law Practioner, 2009 WSTLA, Voir Dire with Paul Luvera, 2007 WSBA, Seattle, Managing and Running a Law Firm, 2004