I have been practicing law since 1989, with experience in a several areas of civil law and litigation. I started my own practice in 1994, and began working on ERISA disability claims with one of the pioneer ERISA lawyers. In the past, my practice has represented clients in personal injury, consumer disputes, and family law, but over the years has become solely focused on ERISA and Individual Disability Insurance claim applications, appeals of denied claims, and litigation, when necessary.
I believe my experience in working before and while attending law school helps me help my clients. I understand the demands of the workplace, and how injuries and illness can impact a person's ability to work. I understand the financial pressures that arise when illness or injury forces a working person off the job. I also understand that for professionals and higher-income earners, who often work beyond their capabilities long before finally going off work, disability can have catastrophic financial and psychological effects.
As a lawyer, I have always represented plaintiffs and claimants seeking compensation from insurance companies and employee benefits plans who have failed to acknowledge their liability for legitimate claims. I see my job as wielding the sword of Justice for my clients against those companies whose financial goals are to avoid paying claims. By helping clients stand up for their rights, we force insurance companies to keep their contractual promises to provide income security when disability disrupts lives and homes.
I welcome any questions about my experience or background; resume and references available upon request.
Current Professional Memberships:
California State Bar Association
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Pasadena Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Consumer Attorneys of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
San Fernando Valley Bar Association