- 1999 State Bar of California
- 2001 State Bar of Georgia
- 2016 State Bar of New York
- Admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in CA (1999) and GA (2001)
- Family Law Section of the New York Bar Association
- Child Protection and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia
- Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Syracuse University School of Law – 1998
- Juris Doctorate
- Cum Laude
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University – 1998
- Masters in International Relations with emphasis on Latin America
- Cum Laude
- University of California, Davis – 1993
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Minor in Spanish
- Universidad de Salamanca, Spain – 1992
- Intensive Study Abroad Program matriculating into university and focusing on mastery of business Spanish
At an early age, my sisters and I were raised with the ideals and values that helping others is a significant priority in life. We grew up volunteering and supporting local charities and the synagogue. As a child, these experiences ingrained within me the importance of and passion for helping those in need. Over the years, I came to understand and believe that giving a gift is more rewarding then receiving one. Being that my father, uncle and other family members are lawyers, I further came to realize that through legislation and our legal system, meaningful change can be effectuated. Before going to law school, I worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide and then as a lobbyist through the Conference of Mayors. These experiences gave me a deeper understanding and the wherewithal to identify the root causes of problems facing our nation and also how to achieve both short and long term changes. After personally witnessing worthwhile changes accomplished through government at the Capital, my desire and resolve to become a lawyer intensified and eventually led me to law school.
Certain of my family members have dedicated their lives and careers to the non-profit sector. My family impressed upon me and my sisters the significance and passion to help those in need, and in so doing, I developed a specialized zeal and dedication to a specific group of victims. My heart and volunteer work has centered around aiding children and mothers in need. I support many groups and non-profit organizations that help emotionally and physically abused children and mothers. In fact, I utilized my legal training to become a certified guardian ad litem to represent victimized children in Court and look out for their best interests. I did not take on such a challenge for financial gain, but for far greater rewards.
Throughout my 18 year career as an attorney, I have handled a vast array of cases in various disciplines of the law. As a previous bankruptcy and lending attorney, I have represented countless banks, investors and other lending institutions in commercial and residential real estate transactions. My heartfelt desire to giving the voiceless a voice has led me to a rewarding practice in the personal injury and premises liability arena. A case that particularly stands out revolved around a client who told me that the worst thing about her injuries was that she could no longer pick up her 4 year old daughter and hug her. As a mother myself, my heart went out to her, and it gave me so much joy to help her.
I became a lawyer to utilize the legal system to effectuate meaningful change. I wanted to become one of the few to stand up to the corporate machine and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. This desire has ultimately led me to serve as watch dog against negligence, misconduct and corruption by those who hold the power.
Each case is unique, which requires attention to detail, communication and collaboration. Communication with a client is key. I value the opportunity to get to know the victims, making certain that they understand all aspects of their case so that we can make the best decisions possible. I want the client to know that I am always there to help. The injuries sustained by clients are more often than not life-altering events affecting the client’s emotional, physical and financial well-being. I emphasize to the client to focus on their treatment and getting better. My desire in each case is to take stress off the client rather than add to a client’s already overburdensome load
As a single mother of three kids, I love to help those in need. My favorite part of my job is the clients. I have always been willing to fight for the underdog. The injured need a voice to battle against the big insurance companies, and I am so happy to provide this service.
My law practice in California, Georgia and New York spans over a decade and consists of a wide variety of cases. My experience practicing law in various venues, both state and federal, has shaped me into becoming the best possible adviser to my clients.