Las Vegas & Reno
Number of Employees: 22
Years in Nevada: 13
Years with Company: 13
How did you first get into your profession?
I was a student advocate in college and I represented students in disciplinary matters. I loved it and decided to go to law school. I saw the growth in Silicon Valley in law school and decided that intellectual property law was the field to be in.
What do you like most and least about your industry?
Most – working hard and getting positive results for clients. Least – Lawyers who don’t play by the rules.
What would you want your legacy to future generations to be?
That hard work and common sense can take you most places in life.
If you had to choose another profession, what would it be? Why?
U.S. Senator. I think federal politics is desperate for people who tell it like it is.
What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry?
Be humble, respectful and truthful, and work your tail off every day. There are no short cuts to being a complete person and lawyer.
What is a little known fact about yourself?
Hmmm. That I had a mullet in college.
What is the biggest challenge your industry is facing?
The over-crowded courts. It is becoming increasingly difficult to move a complex case through discovery, trial and appeal.
What do you wish you would have learned at the beginning of your career?
Brevity is persuasive.
What is the worst criticism you have overcome?
That you can’t litigate patent cases without a technical degree.
What was the toughest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
That a decision by a court or jury is out of your control. The only thing you can control is that you present the client’s best and most credible arguments.