Before you even consider working with me, I want you to get to know a little bit about me and my background. The first part of me representing you will be getting to know you and your life’s story. Everyone has a past and I’m no different. It’s made you who you are and it’s gotten you to where you are today. The other part will be you feeling comfortable with me while I represent you during your stressful criminal case. I like to get started helping you as soon as possible. Ideally that would be before getting arrested but it’s usually after you’ve been arrested and may be sitting in jail.
I was born in New York City and lived there until the late 90’s. I grew up with my mother and and sister. We moved to Upstate New York just before high school started (finally, some fresh air).
I love the outdoors and moving outside of New York City was a good change for me. One of my hobbies is that In my free time I take weekly Judo classes at Kokoro Judo Club. Right now I have my brown belt but I’m working toward getting my black belt soon. In my free time I like to blog, kayak, fish for bass, hike, and camp.
After I graduated high school in New York, I went to Syracuse University and majored in History with a focus on Ancient Greece. I still like to read history books and I love learning interesting little facts. I could talk history for hours. My last semester of undergrad I decided to do a study abroad program. I spent living in Madrid, Spain. Finally, after all those years of Spanish classes, I learned to speak Spanish! I LOVE to travel.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around Europe and I’ve made quite a few cross country road trips here in the U.S. I always tried to stop at major landmarks along the way. Some of these were Mt. Rushmore, the Space Needle in Seattle, The Arch in St. Louis, and The Grand Canyon in Arizona to name a few. Luckily I got to scratch most of the traveling itch before law school.
I went to law school Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Don’t worry, I never became a Patriots fan.) Before and between law school semesters, I was an intern at a Public Defender’s Office. The Public Defender’s represented people who couldn’t afford to hire a lawyer. That’s one of the main reasons why I got into criminal defense in the first place. While I was in law school, I represented people who were facing eviction and home foreclosure. This was at the peak of the housing crisis and people were getting evicted left and right. Not only that but the banks were foreclosing on EVERYONE it seemed like. Even though I was only a law student at the time, the people I helped didn’t know anything about the legal system. I’m glad to say that some of them are still in their homes because of the work my classmates and I did. I couldn’t be happier.
I regularly take pro bono cases to give back to the community. A good deal of the community, English and Spanish speaking alike, is under-served and under-represented. I volunteer some of my time with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. Criminal defense is changing everyday. I’ve joined these organizations to keep me sharp and stay on my toes: