Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (Juris Doctor, 1987; Merit Scholarship 1984-1987; Note and Comment Editor, BYU Journal of Public Law, 1986-1987; Chairman, Natural Resources Law Forum, 1986-1987)
Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, 1984; Hinckley Scholar, 1982-1983; Presidential Scholar 1977-1978)
Phi Eta Sigma (1977-1978)
Phi Kappa Phi

Admissions

United States Supreme Court
All California State Courts
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California
Federal District Court for the Northern District Courts of California

Professional Memberships

California State Bar
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Alameda County Bar Association (Real Estate and ADR sections)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (Litigation, Real Estate and ADR sections)
Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council

Ratings

AV Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell (2002-present)
Designated SuperLawyer by Thomson Reuters (2014-2016)
AVVO Rated 10.0 out of 10.0 Superb (2015-present)
Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

Superior Court Judge Appointment

Superior Court Judge pro tem for Contra Costa County Superior Court (1994-1997)

Professional Appointments

Executive Committee Member, Alameda County Bar Association ADR Section (2018-2019)
Board of Directors, Contra Costa County Bar Association ADR Section (2018-2019) (Vice-President, 2019)
Alameda County Superior Court Panel Mediator
Contra Costa County Superior Court Panel Mediator
California Lawyers for the Arts Mediator
Board of Directors of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (1995-1996)
Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council (2015-Present) (President, 2017-2018)

Published Decisions

Dieden v. Schmidt (2002) 104 Cal. App. 4th 645.

Publications

  • Bay Area News Group, Newspaper Columnist on Real Estate Law
    • (2008 – present)

Speaking Engagements

Contra Costa Bar Association Real Estate Section (2012);  Appraisal Institute Convention (American Institute of
Architects) (2010);  Bay Area Legal Assistants Association (2010); Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council (2010);
Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (2009). Multiple Speaking engagements at the Bay East Association of Realtors,
Real Estate Alliance of Livermore (R.E.A.L.); Valley Real Estate Network (Pleasanton); Women’s Council of Realtors,
Southern Alameda County

Radio Appearances

NPR (National Public Radio) on Foreclosures in California; 2013 KDOW Darrel Clow Real Estate Reality Hour

Legal Education

Mediator and Judge, American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation Competition, (2019) UC Berkeley School of Law; Presiding Judge, University of California, Hastings College of the Law Moot Court Competition, San Francisco, California (2017) Presiding Judge, Empire Mock Trial, United States Federal District Courthouse, Northern District of California (2016, 2017)

Community

Rotary International (2007-2009, 2015-present)

Personal

Married, 4 children. Native of Provo, Utah. Resident of San Francisco Bay Area since 1989.