AV Rated: Achieved the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.
Education: Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (Juris Doctor, 1987; Merit Scholarship 1984-1987; Note and Comment Editor, BYU Journal of Public Law, 1986-87; Chairman, Natural Resources Law Forum, 1986-1987); Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, 1984; Hinckley Scholar, 1982-1983; Presidential Scholar 1977-1978; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society 1978, Phi Kappa Phi)
Admissions: Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court 1996; Admitted to Practice before all California State Courts 1987; Admitted to Practice before the Federal District Courts for the Eastern District of California 1987; Admitted to Practice before the Federal District Courts for the Northern District Courts of California
Professional Memberships: Member of the California State Bar; Member of the Alameda County Bar Association; Member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association; Member of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association; Member of Bay East Association of Realtors; 1995-1996 Member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
Professional Appointments: Service as Judge pro tem for the Contra Costa County Superior Court
Published Decisions: Dieden v. Schmidt (2002) 104 Cal. App. 4th 645.
Publications: 2008 to present: Weekly Newspaper Columnist, Law of the Land, Bay Area News Group (Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald, Oakland Tribune)
Speaking Engagements: 2012 Contra Costa Bar Association, Real Estate Section; 2011 Preserving Home Ownership Forum; 2010 Appraisal Institute Convention (American Institute of Architects); 2010 Bay Area Legal Assistants Association; 2010 Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council; 2009 Eastern Alameda County Bar Association. Multiple Speaking engagements at the Bay East Association of Realtors, Real Estate Alliance of Livermore (R.E.A.L.); Valley Real Estate Network (Pleasanton); Women’s Council of Realtors, Southern Alameda County
Radio Appearances: NPR (National Public Radio) on Foreclosures in California; 2013 KDOW Darrel Clow Real Estate Reality Hour
Community Involvement: 2007-2009 Member of Rotary International, Livermore Chapter; 2008-2009 Committee Member of the Livermore Valley Opera
Personal: Married, 4 children. Native of Provo, Utah. Resident of Livermore/Pleasanton/Dublin Tri-Valley Area since 1989.