I attended Catholic University Law School in Washington, DC. after attending St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota. While in Washington, D.C. I worked for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Senator Alan J. Dixon from my home state of Illinois. I am an inactive member of the Illinois Bar, a member of the California Bar, the Federal Bar, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have worked on numerous political campaigns.

I believe that attorneys do best when they listen, when they try and put all the pieces together before coming to a conclusion, and where they are willing and able to advocate forcefully for their clients.