I live and work in Simi Valley and have been practicing law for more than twenty years.
I love practicing law in Simi Valley and providing my community with personal, attentive, and experienced legal services, with integrity and effective representation.
In 2006 I started my own practice in Simi Valley, and my practice now serves all of Ventura County and Los Angeles County, as well as other California Counties. The focus of my practice is in the areas of Probate and Estate Planning. Over the years, I have prepared hundreds of estate plans and estate plan amendments, which include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, grant deeds, etc.
I have represented clients in probate matters in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, as well as throughout California including Orange County, Kern County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. I have also assisted my clients with small business formation and real estate transactions.
Prior to law school, I worked in the public service sector from 1987 to 1994, first in a U.S. Congressional office, and thereafter with the City of Los Angeles, Environmental Affairs Department.
I graduated from Southwestern University, magna cum laude, in 1997.
In 1997, I joined the firm of Lynberg & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles. There, I worked on complex multi-million dollar environmental insurance litigation cases.
I wanted to work in my community of Ventura County and also serve the public interest and so in 1998, I joined the Ventura County District Attorney's office as a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting a range of cases in which I gained valuable and substantial courtroom experience, including prosecuting a multitude of jury trials. As a Deputy District Attorney, I was called to prepare witness testimony and other evidence through which I sharpened my communication and advocacy abilities that have continued to serve me well even as I transitioned to civil practice in late 1999. From that time I have practiced in Simi Valley continually.
In late 1999, I joined the Law Offices of William J. Waters in Simi Valley. There, I worked independently on a range of civil cases including business litigation, real property, neighbor disputes, family law, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, and estate planning. I also conducted all of the firm's trials and also all cases that went to the appellate court.
I am married with three children. My hobbies include gardening, horseback riding and camping. I am also involved with my church and am a volunteer with the Girls Scouts.
Areas Of Practice
- Estate Planning
- Trusts/Estate Administration
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- Juris Doctor - 1997
- Honors: Graduated top 10%, magna cum laude
- University of California, Santa Barbara, California
- Bachelor of Arts - 1987
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships
- California State Bar, Estate Planning Section, Present
- California State Bar, Solo and Small Firm Section, Present
- Southwestern Law School Moot Court Board of Governors, Chairperson, 1996 to 1997
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of William J. Waters, 1999 to 2006
- Ventura County District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, 1998 to 1999
- Lynberg & Watkins, 1997 to 1998