Service to the Community
- 5+ years as a member of the JeffCo YMCA Advisory Board and its current President.
- 14+ years as an attorney helping Jefferson County residents with their legal needs.
- 7+ years as an advisor and supporter of our Port Townsend High School Mock Trial Team.
- 14+ years representing indigent persons in both Jefferson County District and Superior Courts.
- Auctioneer and volunteer supporting the Port Townsend Play School Cooperative and Port Townsend Education Foundation.
I live in Port Townsend with my wife, Caitlin and our three daughters. I have always appreciated Port Townsend and Jefferson County. Moving back here to raise our family was always a dream of ours. After getting my Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Washington I went to work for a wireless internet company. The work that I did required that I work closely with an attorney and I knew at that point I wanted to become a lawyer. I decided to attend night school. My company soon went under during the .COM bust in the early 2000s. This became a perfect transition after graduation and passing the bar for me to go out on my own. I did a brief stint at the prosecutors office in Kitsap and Jefferson County as a rule 9 intern where you learn trial by fire. This means getting thrown into District Court to handle a multitude of cases. I was hooked at that point and knew I wanted to be a litigator.
Caitlin and I moved to Bainbridge Island as a middle point between Jefferson County and her work at Amazon. We had our first daughter Leah and I would drop Caitlin off at the ferry for her commute to downtown Seattle and I would drive with young screaming Leah (she did not like the car ride) to Port Townsend where I had hung my shingle. One thing that stands out to me is how incredibly welcoming and helpful the established attorneys here in Jefferson County were. I will always be grateful to them for their patience and willingness to answer questions to the newbie lawyer that I was. I have always tried to do the same to the new lawyers that came after me.
I was fortunate to secure a great office location downtown and I have been in the Kuhn building for 12+ years now. It is strategically located next to Hillbottom Pie, Waterfront Pizza, Dons Pharmacy and of course only minutes from the Court House. There are 7 other attorneys in my building and I very much enjoy the camaraderie that has developed here.
I was humbled and honored to be asked by Judge Landes and Judge Verser to preside in their Courtrooms. The immense responsibility, and desire to get "it right" has never left me. I am grateful to be able to serve in that manner every time I put on the Judicial Robe. My desire to move away from litigation as an attorney to that as a Judge has evolved over time. I feel like it is an opportunity to make a significant impact in peoples lives, and one that I hope will change them for the better. That sense of duty to community, to the victims of crimes, and to the law is one that I honor by being the best possible Judge every day.