My focus: business litigation and professional liability. My areas of expertise include representing individuals, small partnerships and businesses in partnership disputes, breach of contract claims, employment-related claims and trade secret and intellectual property litigation. I have extensive trial experience and have litigated in both state and federal courts, as well as several binding arbitration matters.
Education: J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, Cum Laude, 1984. Associate Editor, Santa Clara University Law Review. B.S.N, University of Iowa, 1978.
Favorite part of working at Greenfield: The friendly people and the great working environment. The attorneys and staff work well together as a team, each helping to make the other’s job easier and more productive.
How I got into law: I was working at Stanford Hospital as a nurse and decided I did not want to be a nurse the rest of my life, but I wasn’t sure what else to do. I had never even met a lawyer, but I thought it would be interesting, so I applied for law school and got into Santa Clara. I continued to work at Stanford my first year of law school so that if I didn’t like law school, I could go back to nursing. I liked law school, however, and continued on with it.
Favorite moment during a trial: When the jury returns with a verdict in my client’s favor. It’s a great feeling.
How winning a case makes me feel: Extremely happy for my client as I know it is a battle to get to the point of winning. I personally feel fantastic. It’s why I became a lawyer in the first place.
Highest-value victory: $29.5 million jury verdict against a Fortune 500 firm.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: Tending to my roses in my garden. I love to garden as it is calming. I love to grow fragrant roses and put them throughout the house all summer long.
What prepared me best for my career: Working at the Stanford Hospital ICU before law school. It helps keep things in perspective and focus on what is important in the big picture of life.