I have over 40 years of experience in business law and management, litigation, corporate finance and secured transactions.  I have an extensive background in both litigation and transactional matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  I offer a thorough knowledge of legal and business factors that can influence client's day-to-day business decisions.

As an experienced litigator, I am able to analyze and advise clients on the risks that may arise from a business decision or take into consideration elements of a contract or license that could become the subject of future disputes.  My broad background enables me to understand a multitude of disputed issues, which in turn assists myself, and the parties, when I am conducting a mediation or arbitration.

Over the years, I have represented both U.S. and foreign clients in business transactions and litigation matters, representing U.S. companies in dealing with foreign entities, and foreign entities doing business in the United States.  I have mediated and arbitrated cases for over 30 years, both as an advocate and as a neutral; and I am a panel member of the Western District of Washington Rule 39.1 list of neutrals qualified for mediation under the Local Rules.


I received my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana, where I was an associate editor of the Montana Law Review.  Upon graduation, I served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Jameson -- one of the foremost federal jurists in the United States.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College, with a double major in Economics and Political Science.

I completed Mediating the Litigated Case, a six day, intensive study course at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University and I continue to be active in Continuing Legal Education programs in ADR.


I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  I served as Secretary of and a member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA and have chaired a number of AIPLA committees including Tax, Online Education, Professional Programs and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  I have the honor of being elected an AIPLA Fellow.

I was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) from 2000 to 2008.  I am also a past-president of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and a former Trustee of the National Counsel of Intellectual Property Law Association.


During my legal career, I have written articles for the Washington State and Seattle-King County Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  I have taught various CLE programs for the AIPLA, the WSPLA, the Washington State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, including programs on Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. I also created and chaired Litigating in the Digital Decade, a five day program for the 2004 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute.

Personal Interests:

I was President of the Board of Trustees of The Northwest School (1982 -1990) and Centennial President of the Vashon Island Rotary Club (2005).  In January 2010, I was elected to the Board of Commissioners for Vashon Island Fire & Rescue and currently serve as a voting member of the King County Emergency Medical Advisory Services.