I attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. I graduated from Willamette University, College of Law in Salem, Oregon.
I began my criminal defense career at Multnomah Defenders, Inc., in Portland, and I opened my own law practice in Salem in 1993. In 2008 I took a break from my private practice to work for the Oregon Judicial Department as a Referee Judge, but I missed working with clients and working in the courtroom. I reopened my office in 2011.
I am a member of the Oregon State Bar licensed to practice in Oregon since 1989. I am a member of the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA), the Marion County Association of Defenders (MCAD) and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA).