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Trial Lawyer. Educator. Advocate.










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. 



Trial Lawyer of the Year, WA State WSAJ 2022

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

Indiana Trial Lawyers Assoc, Presenting your case 2022

Montana TLA, Billings, Trial - A Living Organism 2022 

AAJ, Atlanta, Cost of care for the severely brain-damaged 2022

Advocacy 360, Las Vegas, A Continuum For Change 2022

Chicago Federal Defenders, Story Telling 2022

AAJ, Seattle New Trial Techniques 2022

Trial Guides, Zoom, Voir Dire and Opening Statements 2022


WSAJ, Seattle, Arc of Triumph 2021

Trial Lawyers University, Las Vegas, Opening & Closing 2021

Trail Guides, Podcast, 2021

Great Trials Podcast, 2021

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


WA State

US Supreme Court

US District Court, Western WA

US District Court, Eastern WA

US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

US Tax Court

US District Court, District of CO



Traumatic Brain Injury $91,000,000
Medical Malpractice $5,600,000
Trip & Fall $2,750,000
Car crash $2,600,000

Sex Abuse $2,500,000
Civil Rights $2,150,000

Loss of Consortium $2,100,000
RICO $1,100,000


WA Truck accident, Med mal, Products liability, Murder, White collar crime 
CA Copyright infringement, US Olympic sex abuse, Personal injury
IA Nursing home abuse
CO Traumatic brain injury, Civil rights, Med Mal
NV Personal injury
ID Sexual assault, Personal injury
OR Personal injury
HI Business law
AK Insurance bad faith
UT Civil rights


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


Board Member, Western Trial Lawyers Assoc. 2021 - present

Chair, Criminal Law Section, AAJ 2020 - present

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



Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WY 2001

Seattle University School of Law 1996

Indiana University 1993

TLC Teacher from 2006 - Present


Trial Lawyers College, New Port Beach, Opening Statement 2022

Trial Lawyers College, WA, Opening Statement 2021

Trial Lawyers College, CO, Trial Skills 2021

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

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