There is something about the entrepreneurial spirit that is infectious and exciting.  When business owners discuss their passions, goals or struggles, there is always a sense of optimism and enthusiasm that cannot be hidden.  These are the conversations that I get to have on a daily basis with my clients—from start-ups to third-generation family run businesses.  And these discussions allow me to provide my clients with insight, analysis and perspective as their trusted counsel.

I advise businesses from concept to exit and everything in between.  Relying on my experience as corporate counsel with one of California’s largest firms coupled with my time with a boutique business law firm allows me to provide informed and critical advice to my clients as their businesses grow.  I have represented clients in the buying and selling of their business assets and equity and always with an eye toward their best interests.  Sometimes, as can happen in California, my clients find themselves involved in a formal dispute.  In these instances, I rely on my experience as a clerk to a Federal Judge and litigation associate to help clients find the most efficient and strategic means to resolve the dispute and get back to their business.

The easiest phrase to explain the role that I play for my clients is “trusted advisor.”  My clients rely on me not only for sound legal advice, but also for business judgment and as a resource for business development. I am fortunate that my client relationships extend well beyond the typical attorney-client relationship and become meaningful partnerships with a common goal—to see their business grow.

I came to Los Angeles, from Philadelphia, to attend the University of Southern California in 1998 and have never looked back.  Once I became a member of the Trojan Family, I found that Southern California was my adopted home.  I continued my studies at Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating with a certificate in dispute resolution and focus on business and entrepreneurship, and have called the South Bay home ever since.

My wife, Ashley, and I have lived in both Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach with our twin toddlers, over the past several years.  This community has fostered the growth of our family and firm and we always look for meaningful ways to give back to the South Bay and our alma mater, USC.

I presently serve on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and mentor undergraduates in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Marshall School of Business.  I previously served as the president of the USC Alumni Club of the LA Beach Cities for two years.

I helped to found a local non-profit, 310 Young Professionals, which is the largest young professionals organization in California, and served two terms as President.  I presently serve on the Richstone Family Center’s Associate Board and the board of TEDx Venice Beach.  I have previously volunteered with the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, am a member of the Beach Cities Parents of Multiples Association and support Teach for America as a corps alumni.

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