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I attended undergraduate school in Santa Clara and San Jose. My first career was in law enforcement. Promoting quickly, I served as a uniformed officer, as a detective in the investigations division, as a supervisor and watch commander in field operations, and in the department's administration. During my time with the department, I supervised the officers in the traffic investigation division, and I have personally investigated hundreds of motor vehicle collisions, which gives me an invaluable background for now handling personal injury cases as a lawyer.
In my later years with the department, I worked directly for the office of the Chief of Police, handling sensitive personnel investigations, employee selection, grant writing and budgeting matters. During this time, I also served as the legal-liaison between the department, the county district attorney's office, and the city attorney's office.
I became active on both a local and statewide basis in advocacy and policy making for law enforcement and government employer-employee relations. I served as President of the Peace Officers’ Association and on a number of statewide committees, having been appointed by the Governor, by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, and by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. I participated in a number of local and statewide political campaigns for individual candidates, in support of or in opposition to bills introduced in the legislature, and in several cases involving the initiative process. It was during this time that I became increasingly interested in the practice of law.
Graduating from law school in the top five percent of my class, I began my second career. As a new lawyer, I worked as an associate for a mid-sized firm in San Jose handling cases involving probate and estate planning, family law, small business organization, criminal defense, public-employee labor, general civil litigation, and personal injury. Thereafter, my work was devoted primarily to the litigation of personal injury and insurance cases. I then began practice as a partner in a firm that concentrated its work on personal injury litigation. I served the Superior Court for many years as a court appointed arbitrator, hearing and deciding cases brought and defended by other lawyers. I also volunteered my time as counsel to the Santa Clara Valley Blues Society.
I have litigated hundreds of personal injury cases throughout California, and have associated on injury cases in many other states. Joining Habbas & Associates in 2010, I continue to represent people injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. In addition to being a member of the California State Bar, I am an active member of the Capitol City (Sacramento) Trial Lawyers Association. I continue to serve as a mentor to newer lawyers practicing in the personal injury field. In 2019, I was recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the “Top Ten Personal Injury Lawyers in California” based on client satisfaction.
My personal interests include motorcycle riding, blues music, golf, skiing, boating, and reading spiritual writings.