When asked why I became an attorney, I have to stop and think. I first thought of being an attorney when I was in the 7th grade. You see, my father was an attorney and was also active in national politics. My family and I discussed politics and history every night around the dinner table, and given that my father was a lawyer, the law and application of law was always a center of learning and discussion. In hindsight, I can see how much my father encouraged me to learn and study, and follow in his footsteps.
Never once have I regretted my decision to pursue a career in the field of law. My parents raised me to value service to the community, and I feel honored to be in a position where I can help and serve people.
My pride in the community and my family legacy both inspire me to go the extra mile.
HOW I GOT MY START
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, I was first a congressional intern to U.S. Representative and Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons. I later served as the Elko County Juvenile and Family Court Master from 2004 - 2005, where I gained great insight and experience.
Court masters are similar to judges, only they work under more supervision. Truly, my time on the bench made me a better attorney. More than anything, the experience taught me how busy judges are. They only have a few minutes to dedicate to each case, so you must quickly capture their attention through a concise and persuasive brief. Thus, I have worked to strengthen my natural pragmatic and efficient nature over the years in order to be as effective in the courtroom as possible.
I’ve also found that my background in small business and regular work experience has granted me the ability to better understand the needs of the entrepreneurs and laborers I represent today. This work, along with my schooling, has given me the opportunity to serve an even greater population than I otherwise could.
LIFE BEYOND THE FIRM
Outside of my practice, much of my time is spent serving on various nonprofit boards, and on the weekends, I prefer to do something more active. I am part of a Western shooting club, and I enjoy riding horses and spending time in the mountains. I also enjoy music and do my fair share of woodworking and restoration. Above all, I try to remain well-rounded and active in the community.
State of Nevada
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Juris Doctor – Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, 2002
Bachelor of Arts – Brigham Young University, 1999
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Rotary Club International
Boy Scouts of America
Great Basin College Planned Giving Committee
Northeastern Nevada Museum
Friends in Service Helping (FISH)
J. Reuben Clark Law Society