I grew up in a small town where people believe in hard work and business done on a handshake basis. I began working at twelve-years-old in a variety of jobs, including farming and construction, as well as a law clerk during my time at Notre Dame. Along the way, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a large variety of people from all walks of life. I believe that allows me to relate to people from many different backgrounds.
I decided to enter the legal profession because I noticed that many people who I cared about were not getting a fair result from corporations they were counting on to look after them. I wanted to be someone who understood how the system functioned so that I could help people, like those I grew up with, find ways to obtain their best possible result.
I spent time as an insurance defense attorney, and I learned a lot about how insurance companies minimize the human aspect of personal injury cases. My time working for the insurance companies was very instructive about why it is important to know your client. I strive to know my client so I can help a jury to see you as a person, not as a claim, the way the insurance companies want to present you.
I love working as a Plaintiff’s lawyer, and enjoy representing people, not insurance companies. I especially like the chance to meet people from all different backgrounds, and help them to understand and navigate a system that I believe is intentionally made confusing and difficult by the insurance companies. I try hard to be accessible to my clients, to answer questions, and provide advice. I want to deal not only with the insurance companies for my clients, but also to help them to understand why their case is being handled a particular way.
I believe it is of utmost importance that clients be treated as people. I am a big believer in meeting all of my clients in person, preferably at the beginning of the case. I think too many Plaintiff’s firms talk about caseloads and “inventory” and risk starting to see clients the same way insurance companies do. Especially in this day and age, with all the electronic ways to communicate, it is so easy to lose the ability to meet and understand people. Meeting my clients face to face and looking them in the eye reminds me why I first pursued this profession.
I’ve been told that I’m good at taking a complicated process and making it more understandable to people who have never gone through this experience. It is not my job to tell clients what they should do, but rather to educate them about the options that they have and to empower them with the information they need in order to decide how they should best move forward with their case.
I grew up in a small town in Western Kansas. I worked to pay my way through a private, well-regarded college prep high school in Hays, Kansas. From there, I attended the University of Kansas and got a dual degree in Political Science and History. I went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and became licensed to practice in Colorado in 2003. When I am not working, I love hiking with my wife and three kids. We try to spend as much time as possible in the mountains and enjoy skiing, rafting, and camping. I love hockey and teaching my kids to play baseball.
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University of Kansas B.G.S Political Science and History (with Honors) 1999
University of Notre Dame Law School 2003
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
National Merit Scholar
Notre Dame Law Scholar
Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society