Corporate Formation and Business Planning
9th Circuit Federal Trial Courts, 1979
5th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, 1980
9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, 1990
THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW, San Diego, California
Juris Doctor – December 1978
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, Fort Collins, Colorado
Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, June 1973
I am an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California and before all federal trial courts and both the 5th and 9th Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. I began practice as an associate with Mathews Bergen Vodika and Potash in 1979, became a partner with the firm in 1981 and a senior-named partner in 1985. After the retirement of several senior partners, I became the managing partner of Mathews Bergen & Grier in 1995. Mathews Bergen & Grier merged with DenHerder • Grier & Associates in 2016.
My legal career began as civil litigator, principally emphasizing the areas of personal injury, medical and legal malpractice matters. With a maturing practice (and clientele), I began to emphasize estate planning and related estate litigation when I became the managing principal of Mathews Bergen & Grier. That emphasis continues through the present. In addition, I represent various branches of the Fleet Reserve Association, VFW, and serve as general counsel to the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club.
I have three adult children, one is a general contractor, another an Army medic and the oldest, a VIP guest host at Disneyland.
I truly enjoy the nuances of the law, and assisting others in interpreting the law, whether through litigation, or through well-crafted documents. Outside of my family and my law practice, my interests include photography, poker, and firearms (particularly shotgun shooting including trap and sporting clays). I am a member of the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club and frequent shooter at its Alpine, California shooting range.