I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970 and spent 23 years practicing commercial civil litigation. 13 years ago, a friend called me to say his grandmother had died from dehydration in a nursing home. I investigated and was sickened by what I discovered. Dehydration, malnutrition, and preventable infections are the leading causes of death in California’s nursing homes. Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote that the true measure of a society is how it treats its children and its elders. I have devoted my practice to stopping elder abuse by holding nursing homes and other caregivers accountable for their neglect.
- California, 1971
- U.S. Federal Court, 1971
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
- Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970 J.D.
- Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, 1967 B.A.
- Honors: Summa Cum Laude
- Friends of Mammoth: Expanding Scope of Environmental Law 48 Los Angeles Bar Bulletin 81, January, 1973
- When Does a Private Developer in California Require an Environmental Impact Statement 52 Los Angeles Bar Bulletin 142, October, 1976
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- President’s Commission on the Accident at Three-Mile Island Deputy Chief Counsel, 1979
- Los Angeles Superior Court, 1983 – Present Arbitrator
- Los Angeles Superior Court, 1987 – Present Settlement Officer
- San Fernando Valley College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1974 – 1975
- Beverly College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, 1975
- Pepperdine University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1978 – Present
- Delta Epsilon Sigma