I am an Arizona native and grew up with my five siblings near Camelback Mountain after my parents settled in Phoenix in 1959 to establish my father's urology practice, Urology Associates, Ltd.
I attended Kiva Elementary School and Xavier College Preparatory in Arizona. I then went to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, having majored in Theater and Speech Education. I returned to Phoenix and coached debaters, taught theatre and began coaching lawyers. With a desire to practice locally, attending ASU's College of Law in Tempe, Arizona was a logical choice for where to earn my juris doctorate. While there, I served as Moot Court Chairman, co-taught "Courtroom as Theatre" and received upon graduation both the Excellence in Advocacy Award and Matheson Service Award.
I started practicing law as a prosecutor in the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Begam, Lewis, Marks & Wolfe then hired me to handle the day to day workings of the Multidistrict Breast Implant Litigation, for which the firm was the state liaison. In addition to those responsibilities, I was a trial advocate in a successful plaintiffs personal injury and wrongful death practice. During the next decade, I represented plaintiff victims in a multitude of areas: juvenile prison release cases, auto wreck cases, slip and fall cases, burn cases, insurance bad faith cases, nursing home elder abuse cases and the list goes on. I have been published in The Arizona Attorney, The Advocate, and the ATLA Section Newsletter. I have served in leadership roles with the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the Arizona Women's Lawyers Association.
After taking a hiatus to begin a family, I returned to the practice of law in 2009 when I was invited to serve as lead counsel in a probate dispute. While working through the issues, it was clear to me that many of the problems arose because of poor estate planning and poor communication within that family. I became passionate about helping families avoid this kind of problem by improving their estate plans and by helping them improve family dynamics with better communication strategies.
I try to balance my practice with my family life, which includes my husband, Jim, and two sons, Luke and Sam. My 83 year old mother lives with me part of the year too. I am deeply committed to voluntarism and work with the Cub Scouts, in my sons' school, at Valley Presbyterian Church and have recently served on the Board of Directors for The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc., and on the Executive Council for the Elder Law and Mental Health Law Section for the State Bar of Arizona.
I love people. I love to help. I hope I can be of some service to you.
- Arizona State University, Juris Doctor
- Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science in Theater and Speech Education
- Arizona Bar Association, 1992
- Arizona State Bar Association
- Maricopa County Bar Association
- Scottsdale Bar Association
- Society of Financial Service Professionals- Vice President
- National Association of Elder Law Attorneys