Born in Virginia. Traveled extensively and worked abroad. Attended Nurnberg American High School in Nurnberg, Germany and George C. Marshall Regional High School In Ankara, Turkey. B.A. in International Relations from University of Arizona, 1975. J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 1979. Phi Alpha Delta legal Fraternity. Rule 9 Limited Admission to Practice in Washington State, 1979. Admitted to California Bar, 1980. Admitted to U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, 1981. Parliamentarian, NASBA. Past delegate ABA. Arbitrator for the Orange County Superior Court. Member Family Law section of the Orange County Bar Association and Family law section of the California State Bar Association.
Worked as a public defender, then insurance defense counsel , and since 1992 in family law, adoptions and probate.