I graduated from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law in 1972 and practiced law in Houston from 1973 through 1997. I have experienced the practice of law as an associate, solo practitioner and law firm partner. Initially I was a generalist and handled whatever cases came through the firm’s door, thus giving me an exposure to many practice areas. My practice evolved and during the last ten years I focused primarily on business transactions, litigation and personal injury claims. I am an member of the Texas bar-inactive.
I graduated from Coach University, one of the premier coaching schools in the United States. I was awarded the Professional Certified Coach certification, which is awarded based upon training, competency and experience, from the International Coach Federation; the world’s most acknowledged coaching organization. I have coached solo practitioners, associates, law firm partners and managing partners across the country since 1997. My lawyer clients and I have worked together on a variety of matters including law practice and client development, job changes, career decisions, life planning, setting and achieving professional and personal goals, stress reduction, time management and life balance.
I taught Critical Thinking, a vital component of decision making, at the University of Phoenix, Northern California Campus, for several years. I have been studying the art and science of decision-making since 1998. I have taught decision making skills to high school students and currently present a Wise Decisions workshop at Goodwill Industries on a monthly basis. I enjoy applying critical thinking skills in my coaching work and I especially enjoy coaching my clients through important decisions.
I coach in a relaxed easygoing manner, however, I expect my clients to do the fieldwork necessary to achieve their goals. Accountability is very important and I hold my clients accountable for what they agree to do. Like most attorneys, I generally think in a linear fashion and like to use a goal achievement plan, action steps and a time line to help clients keep on track. I particularly enjoy brainstorming, providing objective feedback and helping clients make major career and life decisions. It is extremely satisfying to see clients become clear on what they want in their life and then work with them to make it happen.
I live in the Northern California wine country and enjoy fine wine (of course), good food, hiking, outdoor fun, old cars……
Life is great and I am grateful.