I was born in Washington, D.C. and have lived on both coasts of the US, Norway, Japan, and in Western Canada. Prior to obtaining my law degree from the University of Alberta and entering the legal profession, I was a language instructor, construction worker, landscaper, ranch hand, and musician. I obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley, where I taught Norwegian for several years. In Japan, I taught English, played music, and practiced the martial art of Aikido. Aikido remains an important part of my life.
I was called to the bar in BC in 1994 and have practiced as a litigator ever since, working in a wide variety of areas. My practice centres on personal injury, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. For many years, I was very active as counsel for Indian Residential School survivors. I am the author of the Annotated British Columbia Occupiers Liability Act, which is a Canada Law Book publication updated at least twice a year. I have been an instructor of several courses taught to lawyers and enjoy teaching and writing as well as trial advocacy. My background allows me to work comfortably with a wide variety of people and circumstances to obtain excellent results for clients.
When not working, I can usually be found practicing Aikido, working in the garden, or spending time with my dogs and family.
Call to the Bar
British Columbia Bar, 1994
San Shu Kan Aikido Dojo
Areas of Practice