Extensive Litigation experience in the following areas:
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Products Liability Law
• Professional Liability Law
• General Insurance Defense Law
Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal LLC (2007-Present)
Iwan Cray Huber Horstman & VanAusdal LLC, Chicago, IL (2004-2007)
Senior Associate Attorney, 2004 – Present
Litigated cases in the field of complex civil litigation, particularly in the areas of commercial contract disputes, employment discrimination, products liability, legal malpractice and ERISA related matters.
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Los Angeles, CA
Deputy Attorney General, 2000 – 2004
Represented the State of California as employment defense litigation counsel, on behalf of both state agencies and private individuals. Conducted all aspects of civil litigation regarding employment, including but not limited to disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race and national origin under the ADA, Title VII, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Conducted full evidentiary administrative hearings such as employment disciplinary hearings before the State Personnel Board, and licensing and disciplinary matters before the Horse Racing Board. Handled substantial writ litigation on behalf of clients such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Represented other client agencies on injunctive or declaratory relief matters. Served as Acting Lead Supervising Deputy Attorney General and Supervising Deputy Attorney General for section or team. Promoted from Deputy Attorney General “D” to Deputy Attorney General III within 9 months.
Werner, Migoya & Abeltin LLP, Santa Ana, CA
Senior Associate Attorney, 1996 – 2000
Litigated numerous cases with boutique insurance defense/coverage firm. Tried and sat second chair in Superior and Municipal Court trials, including bad faith breach of contract, personal injury, and property damage actions. Handled all aspects of case management and preparation from answer to final judgment, including expert retention and preparation, arbitration and mediation, as well as in limine motions. Conducted legal research and wrote supporting memoranda for a variety of insurance defense and coverage issues such as automobile, products liability, construction defect, land subsidence, premises liability, and property losses. Drafted arbitration briefs, motions to compel discovery, vacate judgments, and summary judgment. Significant client development and management responsibilities.
Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, Chicago, IL
Associate Attorney, 1994 – 1996
Substantial case management responsibilities with national insurance defense/coverage firm, including extensive experience with complex and high profile litigation. Involvement in all aspects of civil case preparation prior to trial, including participation in steering committees formed to coordinate complex litigation strategy.
Stockdale, Peckham & Werner, Santa Ana, CA
Associate Attorney, 1991 – 1994
Assisted with trial preparation and defense of cases having issues ranging from insurer bad–faith to premises liability. Conducted legal research and wrote supporting memoranda for a variety of insurance defense and coverage related issues such as bad faith litigation, including arson, broker negligence and insurance carrier negligence. Prepared for and arbitrated several cases to successful conclusion.
California State Bar, 1992
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1992
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1997
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1998
Illinois State Bar, 1994
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois,1995
Arbitrator, 17th Judicial District, Illinois, 1995
U.S. District Court, Central District of Michigan, 1995
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN
Juris Doctor, 1991
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, 1988
Professional Associations & Memberships
California State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois State Bar Association