I was born in 1945 and lived
in Kansas City until I was 12, when my parents moved to
Las Vegas. I completed high school in Las Vegas and then
attended the University of Nevada in Reno. I have lived
in Reno since 1968, with a hiatus while I attended the University
of Colorado, School of Law in Boulder, went through Infantry
Officers Basic Course at Ft. Benning, and served as an Assistant
District Attorney in Humboldt County, Nevada.
I was admitted to the Bar in 1970. For the
last 20 years I have devoted myself entirely to family law.
Before that I had a general practice, emphasizing civil
litigation, business law and personal injury. While a deputy
district attorney in Humboldt County, I tried a murder case.
When the last of the Dalkon Shield cases were resolved,
I began to practice only divorce law. I have been President
of the Washoe County Bar Association; twice Chair of the
Family Law Section of the State Bar. The firm has three
times been Pro Bono Firm of the Year as selected by Volunteer
I am a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers, where I serve as Parliamentarian in 2009-2010 and
a Member, of the Executive Committee for 2009-2010. I served
on the committee that authorized the Bounds of Advocacy
and The Client Handbook. I was Treasurer of the Academy's
Foundation. I served as Chair of the Nevada chapter of the
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
I am one of the hundred members of the American
College of Family Trial Lawyers.
I was elected by my peers to Best Lawyers
Currently, I am Trustee Emeritus at Sage Ridge
School, and in the past have served as Trustee.
I have four children: Aaron,
David, Noah and Leah. Aaron is a painting contractor in
Reno who has climbed extensively throughout the West and
on Baffin Island. David owns two restaurants in Reno with
a partner (Silver Peak) and graduated from the Culinary
Institute of America in Hyde Park. Noah has a degree in
automotive engineering and is the co-founder of the Reno
Bike Project. Leah is a graduate of the U. of Texas, where
she was a scholarship athlete in crew. She was a champion
squash player in high school.
Life experience: I lettered in boxing at the
University of Nevada and boxed for the U.S. team in the
1973 Maccabiah games in Israel. I oversaw an apartment complex
for a year while in law school. I was President of the UNR
Senate and Temple Emanu-el (twice). I have been a construction
worker, a Keno writer and a waiter. My hobbies are reading,
cycling and, well, reading.
Approach to the practice? Here are the rules
The idea is to solve problems, not simply
try cases or make motions or draft pleadings. Litigation
is usually not the answer to most problems, though no one
in the firm is afraid of the courtroom. A courtroom is,
under most circumstances, a bad place to resolve complex
Alternative dispute resolution (mediation
and, sometimes, arbitration) is a valid, viable alternative
to trials and should be exploited if appropriate.
The children come first, but parents almost
always know what is in their child's best interest.
Nastiness does not equate with effectiveness.
I tell the whole truth and expect my clients
to do the same. The firm will only make complete and full
disclosure. We are not interested in game-playing, half-truths
or in "hiding the ball." A half-truth is a whole
lie. We will not abide being lied to by our own clients.
Be judicious about the litigation process.
Cost is an important factor--you can put your kids through
college...or mine. Some, often much, of the cost of a divorce
is in your control.
I want to determine what is fair in any particular
case and seek to reach agreement in that range; if that
is not possible, the case should be tried after exploring
It is our job to get the case over with as
quickly and inexpensively as possible, consistent with a
fair result for my client. A divorce effectively brings
life to a halt and the time it takes to resolve a case should
be as short as possible.