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Phone: 760-720-0080



Juris Doctor – May 1986

University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California

Honors:  San Diego Law Review


Author: Significant Developments in the Immigration Laws of  the the United States 1985

University of San Diego Law Review, Vol. 23 – March, 1986


Bachelors of Arts with Distinction – May 1983

International Affairs

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Honors:  Phi Beta Kappa


Legal Experience:       

I began my legal career as an attorney with Ravreby & Shaner in December, 1986.  During my association with Ravreby, Shaner & Gibson, Ravreby & Gibson, and Ravreby, Gibson & Harris, LLP, I handled Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.  My work in Chapter 11 proceedings has included the drafting of numerous Disclosure Statements and Plans of Reorganization.  I have obtained confirmation of many Chapter 11 Plans involving individual and business Debtors.  I have also represented numerous creditors in matters including defense of preference actions, non-dischargeability complaints and relief from the automatic stay litigation.


In 2009, I opened my own practice and continue to focus solely on representation of Debtors and Creditors in bankruptcy matters.


Additional Experience:          

** Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1998. 

** Member of the California State Bar Bankruptcy Advisory Commission for the term 2004 to 2007.

** Served as co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section for the Northern  San Diego County Bar Association from 1993 to 2002.

** Presented oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the California     Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District.

** Completed 32 hours of Mediation Training with the San Diego Mediation Center. 

** Attorney volunteer with the California Western Community Law Project from 2011 to present.  This monthly legal clinic provides legal advice and services to low income and indigent people in the San Diego Community.

** Served on the Individual Chapter 11 Committee for the Southern District Bankruptcy Court.  This committee was responsible for drafting and revising local notices and forms, and was comprised of Judges, the U.S. Trustee’s Office and several other bankruptcy professionals. 

** 2015: Appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Discipline for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  This panel is comprised of Judges and attorneys who are responsible for disciplining attorneys who violate applicable professional or ethical codes of conduct.

** Recipient of the 2015 Judge Judy Keep award for demonstrated dedication, commitment and compassion in the furtherance of justice, equality and community empowerment.


Guest lecturer at California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA

October 29, 2020: Client Interview Techniques

November 1, 2018: Bankruptcy Bingo

November 2, 2017: Bankruptcy Basics and Alternatives to Bankruptcy

November 3, 2016: Frequently Asked Questions About Bankruptcy

March 18, 2015: Top Ten Things CLP Students Should Know About Bankruptcy

Community Presentations

May 28, 2020: Small Business Reorganization Act (San Diego Bankruptcy Forum)
October 22, 2018: Consumer Credit Issues (San Diego County Library, San Marcos Branch)
July 18, 2018: Bankruptcy Basics (Community Resource Center, Encinitas)

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