ABOUT THE LAWYER
- License to Practice Law
- CPA – Inactive in Good Standing
- B.A. Accounting 1983 Seattle University
- J.D. 1992 Seattle University
- M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies 2004 U.S. Naval War College
- Member of…
- California State Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Association
- Washington Society of CPAs
- American Association of Attorney-CPAs
I joined the Navy right after high school in 1974, served on aircraft carriers and with Special Warfare, and when my first enlistment was over I went directly to college. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Seattle University in 1983 and then went to work for one of the Big-8 Accouting Firms, Coopers & Lybrand and earned my CPA license. I was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in 1988, just about the time I left the accounting world for law school. I finished law school in 1992 and worked as an associate attorney for a law firm in California for one year. When I returned home in 1994, I opened my own practice and have been practicing solo ever since.
My naval career was long and rewarding, leading to my eventual promotion to Commander, and to graduation from the U.S. Naval War College in 2003. I was asked to become a professor for the Naval War College, a position I hold to this day, teaching a Masters level class here in the Northwest. I also teach Business Law and Accounting at Tacoma Community College, and I have taught Accounting and Finance related courses for several other institutions.
I focus my practice on tax related matters, tax representation, estate planning, probate and business/corporate matters. I handle some of the more complex tax cases, representing clients before the IRS, and all the state tax authorities (Department of Revenue, Labor & Industries, Tax Appeals, etc.).
I am married almost 25 years and my wife and I have five children: two in college, two in high school, and a youngster in middle school. I am still an avid swimmer, runner and biker, and I still love to fly airplanes, scuba dive, sky dive, and ski (both water and snow).