Florida State University 1991
Tulane University Law School 2004
Admitted to The Florida Bar 2016
Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitrator
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil & Family Mediator
Also licensed in Georgia and California
I hope I can be of service to you in the near future, but before I get into what I can do for you, a little about myself. I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, raised in an Atlanta suburb, and then returned to Florida to obtain my B.S. in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University. After my tenure at FSU, I did what every good attorney-in-waiting does – I toured the college circuit in an alternative rock band, became a corporate trainer for a Miami-based restaurant chain, and opened my own upscale steak and tapas restaurant. After eight years balancing these endeavors, I decided the law promised a more varied and stable environment by which to exercise my competitive and creative energies.
I graduated from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, and to answer the three most common questions that arise from this disclosure – yes, (1) Louisiana is the only state utilizing a form of the Napoleonic Civil Code; (2) Tulane indeed offers and teaches both civil code and common law curricula; and (3) Mardi Gras is even more insane (or challenging) when you live there. While at Tulane, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, was published in said Journal, and was also a member of the school’s Arts & Entertainment Law Association. Having spent my law school summers in Los Angeles performing entertainment work, I chose to start my career on the West Coast.
Southern California excels at keeping you young and active. Active too is the litigation environment. My first position had me handling between 25-35 cases at any one time. I started with basic professional liability (insurance brokers and agents, architects, and engineers) and construction cases and later moved into insurance coverage and class action defense. My firm split, leading me to Klinedinst PC, a mid-sized firm with offices throughout California and in Seattle. Here, I continued my coverage and construction work; expanded my professional liability practice to lawyers, accountants, securities brokers, and investment advisors; moved into employment law and employment class actions; and took on numerous corporate clients in business disputes. I have been active on both the plaintiff and defense sides, in courts and in arbitrations, and understand the similarities and differences between each.