If you knew me when I was a little kid, you might have told me I’d grow up to be a lawyer.
I liked to argue. I read books like it was my job. I had a strong sense of fairness.
But I was stubborn. So when I graduated from college after studying economics, I taught English in Brazil, worked for a non-profit and then for the Washington State Speaker of the House. Nothing stuck. When I asked my favorite professor for a recommendation to law school, he said, “What took you so long?”
My sense of fairness is more important to me than money.
When I finished law school, I took a job as a prosecutor in Grant County, Washington. I tried 24 cases before a jury in a little more than 2 years. I am most proud of winning an award for my work helping victims of domestic violence.
While I loved the work I was doing on behalf of victims, I also realized that cops were not always right, that laws weren’t always fair, and that there was more to the law (and life) than prosecution. I decided to move to Wyoming and follow my dream of working for myself as an attorney in the most beautiful corner of the West: Jackson Hole and the Tetons.
After a year of apprenticing as an associate at a well-regarded local firm, I struck out on my own. By owning and operating my own firm, I can choose to take cases that ring true to me. Here are few examples of cases and outcomes I’m proud of.
- A person charged with DUI gets the charges dropped because of police misconduct.
- A person charged with DUI gets the charges dropped because of a flaw in the blood test.
- A person charged with possession of a controlled substance gets a chance to complete probation and have the charge dismissed.
- A low-income tenant in subsidized housing fights an unfair eviction and wins.
- A landlord whose tenant fails to pay rent and causes problems gets evicted.
- A tenant whose landlord failed to follow the lease agreement enforces the lease agreement.
- A woman whose husband filed for divorce got $65,000 more than the initial offer.
- A woman get full custody of her children.
- A man defend against a petition for a protection order based on falsehoods.
- A person with thousands of dollars of medical debt gets it completely forgiven.
- A subcontractor who was sued for negligence gets the case against him dismissed.
- A person whose employer cheated him out of approximately $10,000 gets his money back.
I like interesting cases. Give me cases that take a little bit of creativity and hard work. Something with a righteous angle.
If you’ve got a case that fits the bill, give me a call. 307-200-9720.
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, Order of the Barristers, 2010
B.A., Economics with honors, Macalester College, 2005
Bar admissions: Wyoming – State and Federal; Idaho – State; Washington – State.
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese.