Civil Litigation and Defense Attorney in Coeur d'Alene

In my civil litigation practice, I help people who have legal difficulties in non-criminal matters. The best way to resolve a case without a lawsuit is to carefully gather and prepare evidence as if a lawsuit is inevitable. When representing you I will work to build a strong case designed to enable you to resolve your difficulties without litigation and, to take your case to trial if negotiations break down.

Over the years, I have found that assertive negotiation strategies can often produce positive results in disputes over contracts, personal injury, construction defects and real estate transactions. If possible, I will seek to resolve your case through this means. If negotiations do not resolve your case, then I will aggressively pursue your goals at trial.

If your legal problem may result in a court case, it makes sense to hire a civil litigation lawyer with substantial experience. I have three decades of trial experience, including work as a insurance defense attorney, judge pro tem and court commissioner. When we sit down to discuss your case, I will carefully examine the factual and legal issues it presents, and how those issues would unfold in a trial. I will provide you with my objective opinion regarding your legal options, the chances of success and the costs of those options. You will be able to make an informed decision about your case.

Personal Injury Settlement

Personal Injury

Insurance companies are in business to make money. As a result, they sometimes resist paying fair compensation for losses. To get all of the medical care and compensation you deserve, you will need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Learn more about Personal Injury
Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death

No amount of money can every replace the loss of a human life. At the same time, the law would be remiss if it permitted money damages for wrongful acts that result in injury but no damages for wrongful acts that result in death. For this reason, the permits claims for ‘wrongful death.’ Learn more about Wrongful Death
Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Vehicle Accidents

If you are dealing with the physical and economic effects of a serious motor vehicle collision, you certainly don’t need the additional aggravation of dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Learn more about Vehicle Accidents
Harm To Children

Harm to Children

Children rely on their caretakers to have their best interest at heart, but unfortunately children are sometimes the victims of an overstressed, impatient, or careless adult. Because they have small, fragile bodies, sometimes even seemingly minor accidents can cause severe injury to children. Learn more about Harm to Children
Legal Guardianship


Sometimes the elderly can fall victim to financial exploitation or fraud. If an elderly person’s mental faculties are significantly impaired, establishing a court-approved Guardianship is often the best way to protect seniors. A Guardianship can also be needed in the case of an adult child with severe mental limitations or difficulties. Learn more about Guardianship
Will Lawyer

Probate and Contest a Will

The death of a loved one is a difficult and painful time for anyone. After a death, the assets of the deceased often need to be distributed through a formal probate proceeding, even in the absence of a Will. And, where a Will exists, it may be subject to a Will contest proceeding brought by family members left out of the Will. Learn more about Probate and Contest a Will