I have been practicing law since 2004 and have been focusing on representing people with asbestos-related cancer since 2008. I live in the Los Angeles area with my wife and two daughters.
I have always had diverse interests. Photography, sculpture, cooking, and basketball have all been things I have spent a lot of time on in my life.
However, one interest that I have spent the most time on and has been my primary focus is helping people. I blame my parents, who took me to protests starting when I was five years old against the apartheid in South Africa. I was raised feeling a responsibility to leave this world a better place than I found it.
In my 11th Grade A.P. U.S. History class, my favorite teacher Dr. Freedman said the following when discussing the struggle for civil rights: “You know, if you really want to make a difference, a long-lasting difference in the world, become a lawyer. Lawyers get a bad reputation, but if you win a good case that sets precedent, you can positively affect people long after you’re no longer around to see the impact.”
Although he gave this advice to the entire class, I took it to heart, and it inspired me to become a lawyer and help people.
When I started representing people and families affected by cancer caused by asbestos, I knew I had found the right thing to do that would enable me to help people. So, for more than a decade, I have dedicated my professional life and time to doing all that I can to make sure that my clients and their families are better off for having me in their lives.
American University, Washington College of Law, JD, 2004 cum laude
University of California, Berkeley, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2001
I created my own major, “Oppression, Law, and Society in Europe and America in the 20th Century.” Authored a thesis comparing the colonial systems of the English and Belgians and examined how the different systems contributed to genocide in Rwanda and a peaceful transfer of power in Kenya.
State Bar of California, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2011-2020
American Association for Justice
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Top 20 Verdicts in Arizona in 2016, Estate of Coulbourn v. Crane Company et al.
Top 100 Verdicts in the United States in 2009, Kelemen v. Alfa Laval, et al.
Estate of Coulbourn v. Crane Company et al., 2016
Kelemen v. Alfa Laval, et al., 2009
“Use of Asbestos in HVAC Systems” 2014