Legal/Judicial Experience: Currently Managing Assistant Attorney General representing clients in complex lawsuits including jury trials in Superior Court and appeals before the Supreme Court. Prior private practice in intellectual property and business litigation. Extensive pro bono work representing clients in family law and civil rights matters.
Other Professional Experience: Thurston County Bar Association, Board Member; Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee and Committee on Professional Ethics, Member.
Education: Harvard Law School, J.D.; Dartmouth College, B.A.
Community Service: Family Support Center, Board Vice-Chair; YMCA, Board Member; Lincoln Elementary School, Community Council; Eastside Cooperative Preschool, Board Member; Olympia Rotary Club, Member; Leadership Thurston County, Graduate.
Statement: We expect judges to be fair, smart, and prepared to make commonsense decisions based on the law. It is important we elect judges who combine the best legal training with care and compassion for how decisions impact people and the community.
Harvard Law School, private practice, and service as a Managing Assistant Attorney General have prepared me for the diverse cases arising in Thurston County. As your judge, I will ensure equal access to justice, find more efficient ways to resolve disputes, and support progressive reforms that enable fair and equal representation in court while reducing costs.
I am honored to be endorsed by retired Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, all nine Washington Supreme Court Justices, former Thurston County Superior Court Judges Berschauer, Casey, Doran, Fuller, Pomeroy, Strophy, and Sutton, former Governor Gregoire, Attorney General Ferguson, former Attorney General McKenna, Prosecuting Attorney Tunheim, Sheriff Snaza, and over 100 local attorneys.
I live with my wife and our four children in Olympia. My family roots in the South Sound go back to 1891. I help local families by serving on the boards of the Family Support Center, YMCA, and local schools, and through extensive volunteer legal work. Thank you for your support.