George Washington University (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1992)
Touro College, Jacob Fuchsberg School of Law (J.D., 1998)
New York, 1999
Honors and Appointments
Orange County Bar Association
Congregation of Reform Judaism
9th Judicial Circuit Traffic Court Hearing Officer
Prior to BM&M, I ran my own firm with satellite offices in CT, NY and FL, general practice focusing on bankrupty, criminal defense, and personal injury. I worked two years after law school for the New York Appellate Division, 2nd Dept. in Brooklyn as a court attorney writing the decisions for the judges. After that I worked one year for New York legal aid and then went out on my own for the flexibility and balance with family.
I was on the Spanish Honor Society in college and I waitressed at the Hillel on campus. I owned my own business in college, in Washington DC. I promoted businesses by hiring college kids to hand out pamphlets at the metro stations. I grew my business quickly and had a large clientelle of business before graduating and heading to law school. Business has been a passion of mine. I seem to earn the trust of clients easily, likely because I am trustworthy.
I decided to become a criminal defense lawyer when I was eight years old. I intended to represent the misunderstood juvenile delinquents. I related to their rebellion and anger. I have been practicing yoga since my teenage years and have found, through prayer and meditation, an ability to accept life on life’s terms without anger and with compassion and service. I have danced since I was eight years old and studied dance in college. I express myself through dance and find the practice of law somewhat of a dance. I would have been a dancer if not a lawyer.
My greatest strength as an attorney is my ability to empathize and understand. It allows me to see the problem and a solution clearly and without drama. I am passionately adamant against prejudice, especially based on the shade of skin. I want to inspire love and peace through intellect.
I lived in Israel on a kibbutz for a few months after high school and I was the sheep herder. I ate a lot of vegetables and vowed not to eat anything with a face on it. I have yet to accomplish that practice.
My husband died when my children were 1 and 5 and I have learned to face the challenge with grace by practicing acceptance and focusing on solutions. There always is one.
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