Since beginning my law career in 2009, I have focused my efforts on representing families that have dealt with the devastating effects of asbestos-related cancer. I live in Southern California with my wonderful wife, Christy, and our two amazing daughters, Aria and Ruby. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
My legal story begins with tragedy. At a young age, I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of mesothelioma. My grandfather was a union insulator who died of the disease in 1980, and my uncle was a machinist who died of mesothelioma in the 1990s. Both men were authentic, hard-working, compassionate, and fiercely loyal to their families. The disease took everything from them, and it astounded me that it was completely preventable. After they passed, I devoted my life to helping families who fell victim to this terrible injustice.
Before attending law school, I worked for Local 7 Heat and Frost Insulators in Seattle, Washington. I spent nearly a year working at various shipyards and refineries. During this time, I worked alongside many tradespeople who experienced the calamitous effects of mesothelioma and asbestos disease. I enjoyed my time, developed connections with many members, and now I use the knowledge and skills I acquired to fight against companies that exploit innocent workers.
This isn’t just a job – it is my passion. Advocating for families is something deeply personal to me, and my clients become family. My bond with them is unique and profound. It allows me to advocate on their behalf zealously. I love spending time with my clients and learning about who they are. I’ve spent countless hours in my clients’ living rooms simply listening. I’ve learned a lot from each of my clients and cherish the valuable time I’ve spent with them; it keeps me going.
It takes tremendous courage for someone to file a lawsuit, especially against large corporations with unlimited resources. I’m proud to stand by my clients and fight for them while they’re undergoing severe health issues. I believe that my clients are effectuating real change by telling their stories — and their stories are worth hearing. Even though I can’t put myself in my clients’ shoes, I find solace in the fact that I do everything in my power to ensure justice prevails.
Seattle University School of Law, JD, 2009
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science with a minor in history, 2005
State Bar of California, 2009
State Bar of Washington, 2012
State Bar of Oregon, 2016
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2022
Plaintiffs’ Trial Academy, CAALA, 2022
American Association for Justice
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Washington State Association for Justice
Willie McNeal Jr. vs. Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, 2021-BC698965, Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County