To the rational creature, that which is against reason is alone past bearing."
I represent clients directly and support top trial teams. I was part of the trial and appellate teams that achieved one of California’s top 20 largest judgments in 2019, and one of the 50 largest in 2018. I am one of about 300 appellate specialists certified by the State Bar of California, and a commentator on legal trends.
By joining your trial team early—before dispositive motions and trial—I help strengthen the core theories in your case, and develop alternative theories. This improves your chances at the posttrial and appellate stages, and positions your case for maximum settlement.
As the co-founder of an IT firm before becoming an attorney, I am sometimes hired by other trial attorneys to help with their legal tech needs, such as e-discovery issues and preparing court-compliant digital filings. Many attorneys are slow to adopt useful legal tech, afraid that it will undermine the all-important billable hour. An industry joke has it that when an attorney is told that legal tech can make him twice as efficient, the attorney responds, "Ok, but what's the upside?" I don't believe I was put on this earth merely to bill hours. I love the work I do for clients, so when a tool allows me to do more for less, it benefits both of us
No attorney can guarantee what a judge or jury will do, and judges sometimes make devastating rulings before or during trial. Unlike most attorneys who rarely handle appeals, as a certified appellate specialist I am ready to address those rulings in the appellate courts to restore my clients' leverage.
"So far as the beginnings of law had theories, the first theory of liability was in terms of a duty to buy off the vengeance of him to whom an injury had been done whether by oneself or by something in one's power. The idea is put strikingly in the Anglo-Saxon legal proverb, 'Buy spear from side or bear it,' that is, buy off the feud or fight it out."
— Roscoe Pound, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law
"A judge is a law student who grades his own papers."
— H.L. Mencken
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
— Plato (427-347 B.C.)
"Moot points have to be settled somehow, once they get thrust upon us. If an assertion cannot be proved, then it must be settled some other way, and nearly all of these ways are unfair to somebody."
—T.H. White, The Once and Future King
"God made the angels to show Him splendor, … Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind."
— Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons
Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.
"It may be that the court is thought to be excessively legalistic. I should be sorry to think that it is anything else."
— Hon. Sir Owen Dixon, Chief Justice of Australia
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?”
— James Madison, Federalist 62
"Counsel on the firing line in an actual trial must be prepared for surprises, including requests for amendments of pleading. They cannot ask that a judgment afterwards obtained be set aside merely because their equilibrium was slightly disturbed by an unexpected motion."
— Posz v. Burchell (1962) 209 Cal.App.2d 324, 334
"At common law, barratry was 'the offense of frequently exciting and stirring up suits and quarrels' (4 Blackstone, Commentaries 134) and was punished as a misdemeanor."
— Rubin v. Green (1993) 4 Cal.4th 1187