ATTORNEY PROFILE

Law Practice

• Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California
• Recognized as “AV” rated by professional reporting company Martindale-Hubbell® (highest rating)
• Regularly representing business interests in all respects including litigation, business counseling, formation, contract negotiation and dispute resolution
• Currently Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Huntington Beach, California (pop. 195,000)
• Served as settlement judge pro tem for Superior Court
• Currently Member of State Bar sanctioned attorney/client fee
• Served as small claims judge pro tem for Superior Courtarbitration panel

 

 

 

International Consultancy and Representation

• Legal and judicial reform consultancy, long term and short term
• Management of international development projects as country director and chief of party
• Counseling and representation of foreign business interests abroad
• Tribunal representation in international arbitration proceedings

 

Special Skills

• Area specialist Middle East, North Africa, EU
• Fluent French and dialectal Arabic

Education

McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento

J.D., Order of the Coif (top 10%), American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws, law review editor

University of Arizona, Tucson

M.A., Arabic Linguistics and Teaching English as Foreign Language

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Social Welfare, Administrative Advocacy

 

Representative Publications

"The Institutionalization of Commercial Dispute Mediation in Morocco: A Preliminary Needs Assessment", World Bank IFC-PEP MENA, August 2007

“International Career Alternatives: An Orange County Lawyer in Morocco,” Orange County Lawyer, January 2007

Interview: “Le Grand Bazar, Tribunaux de Commerce Une Machine Enrayée”, Moroccan monthly Economie et Entreprises, May 2006

“How to Avoid Debt by Reincorporating After Bankruptcy...NOT," Orange County Lawyer, September 2002

“Domain Registration of Celebrity Names: Boom or Bust?” WWWiz Magazine, March 2000

“Avoiding an Intellectual Property Rights Quagmire: Come Back with My Idea!” The Zone News, February 2000

"The Use of Trademarks in Web Site Development," WWWiz Magazine, April 1999

"New Law Limits ISP Liability for Copyright Infringement," The Orange County Lawyer, March 1999

"UCC to Govern Internet Transactions: A Survey of Proposed Changes," The Orange County Lawyer, December 1997

"ISP Liability: What You Know May Hurt You," WWWiz Magazine, November 1997

"Virtual Contracts: Don't Point and Click Your Way into a Lawsuit," WWWiz Magazine, October 1997

"Supreme Court Strikes Down Decency Act in Defense of Internet 'Chaos'," WWWiz Magazine, September 1997

"Preferred Communications v. City of Los Angeles: First Amendment Rights and Cable Television Franchise Procedures," 17 Pac. L.J. 965, 1986

"Learning Arabic Sounds: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Arabic Phonemes for Native Speakers of English," ERIC Reports, 1980

 

Speaking Engagements

“Commercial Arbitration and Mediation in Emerging Countries”, 27th Annual International Law Symposium, Whittier Law School (MCLE), Costa Mesa, California April 16, 2010

“Doing Business in Emerging Countries: Legal and Practical Considerations,” Orange County Bar Association (MCLE), Newport Beach, California March 15, 2010.

“Real Estate Investment in Emerging Countries: Risks, Rewards and Practical Considerations,” Orange County Bar Association (MCLE), Newport Beach, California November 25, 2009

Moderator, Conference on Piracy of Copyrighted Goods and Trademarks in Morocco, Mohammed V University School of Law, Rabat Morocco

“The Anti-Cybersquatting Act and the Registration of Trademarked Domain Names,” American Chamber of Commerce of Morocco (AMCHAM), Casablanca Hyatt Regency Hotel

"Advanced Course on Intellectual Property Litigation," Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB-MCLE), Anaheim Sheraton Hotel

"The New UCC and Internet Transactions," Orange County Bar Association (MCLE), Newport-Sheraton Hotel

 

Affiliations

Public Law Center
Capistrano Community Mariachi Program
Orange County Fashion Association
• Orange County On Track
• Of counsel to Callahan & Blaine
• State Bar of California
• Orange County Bar Association
• Lex Romana, Orange County Affiliate Bar
• Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO)
• U.S. Peace Corps
• Founding chair Grand Central Art Forum