The ultimate reward in either private practice or public service is helping people with their problems and, hopefully positioning them to get on with their lives. The legal system should help the people it serves. I try to make that happen.
Extensive experience as a felony prosecutor taught me how to “prove a case” in the courtroom. This “carried through” to my 20 years of private practice proving family law and injury or death cases before judges and juries.
Despite my courtroom successes, my philosophy remains: Do everything possible to keep a client out of litigation by reasonable and certain resolution of a dispute, but if litigation is unavoidable, go into the courtroom to win.
The reality is, litigation is somewhat like war with a few more rules thrown in. But in the end, it is usually destructive in significant degrees of the mind, body, soul, spirit and finances of both litigants, whether or not either believes they are “the winner”.
I use my 42+ years of experience in all areas of the legal system, especially in the litigation areas, to keep every client out of a contested trial in a court of law if at all possible.
I also use my mediation knowledge, skills and experience, gleaned as a “mediator in a baggy black shirt” i.e., full time district court judge for eight years, and, as a certified advanced family law and civil litigation mediator, to try to resolve each client’s case without contested litigation.
It is a “win-win” for the client. They have direct and active participation in “giving and taking”, compromising and bargaining, to get an acceptable result of their dispute without the risks, expense and nightmare of “living with litigation”.
If I’m your lawyer, I’ll try to keep you out of a contested trial. If that is impossible, please see “Massive Experience” and the other tabs and stars on my website.