- Education: (Undergrad, grad, law school, degrees): UC San Diego, BA; UC Berkeley SOL, JD
- Pre‐bench legal experience: Civil and probate litigation
- Pre‐bench civic and professional activities:
CCCBA Board of Directors, California Lawyers Association Trusts and Estates Executive Committee (TEXCOM), American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Planning Commissioner, Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court; temporary judge (Contra Costa); court appointed counsel in conservatorships (Marin and Contra Costa)
- Important published decision(s):
Caldera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Regents of the University of California (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 338
Keading v. Keading (2021) 60 Cal.App.5th 1115
Royals v. Lu (2022) 81 Cal.App.5th 328
Parker v. Schwarcz (2022) 84 Cal.App.5th 418
Generally rules from the bench (except in small claims)
For evidentiary hearings, a binder with tabbed exhibits is appreciated
Typical Weekly Schedule:
M/W/Th/F mornings – Traffic (Walnut Creek)
M/F afternoons – Traffic and Small Claims (Richmond) W/Th afternoons – Traffic and UD (Richmond)
Tu morning – Civil Harassment (Richmond)
Tu afternoon – DVRO (Richmond)
Please work in good faith with the mediators that volunteer their time on the Richmond calendars.
Rarely necessary, but will be imposed when appropriate or if required by statute or case law.
Please be respectful to counsel, court staff, witnesses, and the Court. Please do not speak over each other or the Court.
Court Reporters and Translators:
Please let the Court know ahead of time if a translator is necessary.
Computers in the Courtroom:
Yes, but not cell phones unless checking calendaring or a witness is presenting evidence.
Courtesy and patience go a long way.