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A criminal defense attorney requires an understanding of not only the law, but all the factors which impact the decision making process clients face. Others assume criminal defense attorneys are in the profession of helping "the bad guys" get off the hook. That is not what it is about.

For me, it's not about representing "the bad guys." I'm a criminal defense attorney because I believe that everyone deserves an attorney who will work for them when they are charged with a crime. Besides, there are too many good people who are facing sentences that are much too severe for the crime they are charged with or who are actually innocent and are incarcerated without justification. As a criminal defense attorney, my job is to protect the rights of the accused and to help them find favor in the eyes of the law.

Finding My Calling in Criminal Defense

My passion for law was discovered long ago. There are some people who feel like they are just called to certain professions- this was the case for me when it came to being an attorney. In fact, it was an uncle who planted the seed of a legal career. He was an attorney and I remember thinking his work was so compelling — even fascinating. Social justice was already a strong commitment of mine, so I decided that pursuing a legal career was a way to combine my commitment to social justice and my concern for those who need a voice in the legal system.

I educate my clients on the legal process and what their options are so they can make informed decisions with confidence. 

A Background in Philosophy & Social Justice

During my years as an undergraduate student, I studied philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Gaining insight and understanding of different theoretic principles, ideologies and learning how they guide humanity only made me that much more interested in law. My commitment to social justice and philosophy made up the framework of my interest the practice of law. After graduating from Creighton, I attended their law school starting in 1993 and earned my Juris Doctor in 1996. Soon after, I found myself joining forces with attorney Alan Stoler and becoming a managing partner for our own firm.

Through my law office, I take pride in being a voice for those the system may take advantage of. Whether it be a white-collar crime, a drug crime, or even a child pornography case, I will  listen to my clients and hear their side of the story. As a result, I'm able to create a strategic game plan and work towards delivering an outcome in their favor.

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996


  • Juris Doctor, Creighton University School of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Creighton University, 1990