Certifications and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization – 2007
  • Family Law Advisory Commission to the State Bar of California – 2017 to present. This Advisory Commission is limited to approximately ten Family Law Specialists from across California, and both authors and evaluates the exam for attorneys applying to become Certified Family Law Specialists in California.
  • Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, Chair, 2016; Vice-Chair, 2015; Treasurer, 2013; Secretary, 2014; Executive Committee Member-at-Large 2011-2012
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County – Board of Directors 2011 to present
  • Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation – Founding Fellow
  • Master Bencher, Banyard Inn of Court


  • Rated AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest possible rating
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Super Lawyer” – 2012-present
  • Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County, Super Lawyer Magazine – 2013
  • 500 Leading Family Lawyers in America – Lawdragon
  • Orange County Top Attorneys, Orange Coast Magazine, 2013-2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Rising Stars” – 2005-2008
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in the field of Family Law – 2020-2023

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar – 1997
  • U.S. District Court


  • University of California, Irvine (B.A., Political Science, 1992)
  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1997), Editor – Journal of Legislation

Presentations and Publications

  • Orange County Bar Association 2016 – “Family Law Basics, with an Emphasis on Spousal Support”
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2015 – “Homegrown Success Stories: Thriving Firms in Orange County and How They Got There”
  • Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2013 – “Discovery and Depositions in Family Law Matters”
  • Orange County Bar Association and the Public Law Center, 2011 & 2012 – “Basic Dissolution Training: From Petition to Judgment”