Disputes often arise in the context of real estate, construction, and business, all of which are unique. Whether a dispute is ultimately resolved by negotiation, litigation, or alternative dispute resolution, my first and foremost objective is to actively listen to my clients’ needs and goals. Thoughtful, efficient, and cost-effective legal counsel is only possible after understanding the full context of the client’s situation.  

My practice is largely focused on dispute and litigation matters, primarily those involving real estate, construction, and general business matters.

In the real estate arena, I regularly represent clients, including owners and lenders, in litigation related to purchases and sales, boundary disputes, and quiet title actions.  Necessary components of my practice include prosecuting and defending lawsuits, drafting and reviewing easement agreements, and solving boundary line disputes through boundary line agreements or adjustments.

My litigation practice also has a construction law component in which I represent owners, lenders, general contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of disputes, including lien claims and contract disputes, and related litigation.

Additionally, I work with clients to resolve various real estate and land use issues, such as permitting, zoning, and municipal law matters.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Pauline, and our Boston terrier, Jack. I can also be found fly fishing or in my woodworking shop.

Honors & Awards

  • Law Clerk to Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, Washington Supreme Court, 2015-2016
  • CALI Award for Excellence (highest grade in law school class):
    • Legal Research and Writing I, II, & III
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Secured Transactions
    • State Constitutional Law
    • Litigation Skills & Professionalism

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2015
    • Head Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington
    • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge George B. Fearing, Washington Court of Appeals
    • Vested Associate Editor, Gonzaga Law Review
    • William O. Douglas Committee
  • B.A., Gonzaga University, Criminal Justice (major) and Economics (minor), cum laude, 2007
    • President’s List Scholar
    • Dean’s List Scholar
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, Young Lawyer Liaison, October 2016-2018
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, Real Property Fellow, October 2018-Present
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, Member
    • Business Law Section, Member
    • Construction Law Section, Member
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section Member
  • East King County Bar Association, Member
    • President, January 2019-Present
    • Vice President, March 2017-2018
    • Board Member, October 2016-Present
  • King County Bar Association, Member
    • Real Property, Property and Trust Section, Member
    • Business Law Section, Member

Articles & Presentations

  • Speaking Engagements
    • WSBA New Lawyers Education Practice Primer CLE, Co-Chair, 2017
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, Midyear CLE, Co-Chair, 2019
  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Young Executive Participant, 2019
  • YMCA Mock Trial State Championship, Attorney Judge

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