Superior Court Judge
Preside over criminal, civil and family law cases (January 2018- Present)
Criminal — Preside over hearings (first appearances and bail hearings, arraignment, accepting guilty pleas, and sentencing) and jury trials. Cases include assault, domestic violence, murder, rape, unlawful possession of controlled substances, eluding law enforcement, escape from community custody, burglary, theft, malicious mischief, among others. Review and approve warrants for search, seizure and arrest.
Family — Presiding over family law hearings and trials regarding divorce, parentage actions, child custody, and non-parental custody. Deciding primary placement and visitation of children, child support, property and debt distribution for divorces, and other temporary and permanent orders concerning family law cases.
Civil — Presiding over trials, summary judgment, evidentiary hearings (motions in limine, etc.), and other hearings involving a variety of civil cases including, trusts and estates, construction, employment, breach of contract, trespass, personal injury, property damage, breach of fiduciary duty,
Drug Court Presiding Judge — Sentencing alternative and diversion program providing support, encouragement, and sanctions to assure compliance with a multi-step and phased program that focuses on regular judicial interaction with nonviolent repeat drug offenders with the goals of rehabilitation and decreasing recidivism.
Settlement Conference Judge — Act as a mediator to assist in settlement of civil and family law disputes prior to trial.
Civil Litigation, Employment Law Advice, and Family Law (2008-2017)
Practice focused on commercial and other civil litigation and employment law. Broad experience assisting clients in disputes involving agricultural law, employment law Indian law, civil rights defense, unlawful detainers, constitutional law, corporate litigation, contract disputes, construction disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, property disputes, and defense of state and federal constitutional rights.
Construction Law — Owner and contractor defense including issues of determining terms of the contract, bid acceptance, charges exceeding contract amount, quantum meruit, cardinal change, independent duty doctrine, and failure to comply with contractual change order requirements.
Employment Law — Employee handbooks and company policies, wage and hour law, family and medical leave, disability accommodations, workplace discrimination and harassment, employment agreements, severance agreements, employee discipline and termination, employee and manager trainings, internal investigations, and best employment practices.
Agricultural Law — Agricultural employment law, including piece rate wage and hour disputes and class action defense, contract disputes involving orchardists, packing facilities, and warehouses, orchard and warehouse management disputes, spray drift litigation defense, and agricultural insurance and financing disputes.
Civil Rights Defense — Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment civil rights defense on behalf of counties and individual law enforcement officers, including tort injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Defense of federal First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly and state Constitutional rights on behalf of agricultural association.
Family Law — Included all aspects and phases of divorce and custody cases, including divorce asset and debt distribution, child custody cases (including complex issues such as nonparental custody, parental alienation, at-risk youth, and physical abuse), child support, spousal maintenance, domestic violence protection orders, and elder abuse cases.
More Related Experience
Tulalip Tribes/University of Washington Criminal Defense Clinic (2007-2008)
Defense counsel for Misdemeanor Cases in Tulalip Tribal Court, including Minor in Possession, Driving Under the Influence, and Domestic Violence cases. Provided representation at all stages of the criminal case, including trial. A part of the clinical program for the University of Washington School of Law.
Law Clerk, Tulalip Tribes Reservation Attorneys’ Office (Summer 2006)
Researched and drafted legal memorandums for lead counsel at the Tulalip Tribes and researched , drafted, and revised Tulalip Tribal ordinances (laws).
Powerscore LSAT Instructor (2006-2008)
Tutored and taught classes for prospective law students preparing for the law school entrance exam, teaching courses in Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.
English Professor, Beijing International Studies University (2004-2005)
Prepared lessons plans and taught first and second year University students in the Finance Department English language speaking and writing.
Fifth Grade Teacher, Tobe Turpen Elementary in Gallup, New Mexico (2003-2004)
Taught all subjects to fifth graders at a public elementary school just outside the Navajo Reservation.
Americorps VISTA Volunteer in Gallup New Mexico (2002-2003)
Junior Achievement Program Volunteer Coordinator — Recruited and trained volunteers from the business community to teach the Junior Achievement program in McKinley County in both public state schools and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ schools.
Sustainable Adventure Tourism in Native American Communities — Volunteer for various community, county and tribal organizations working on developing adventure tourism (hiking, running, and biking trails, rock climbing, and other recreational tourism) as a supplement to cultural tourism in Gallup, New Mexico.