In 2011, Volunteer Lawyers Network named me its Volunteer of the Year.
I was named a “Rising Star” in the 2011, 2014, and 2015 editions of Super Lawyers.
I got my bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2000, and my juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003.
Lawyerist Media, LLC
I am the Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com, where I am responsible for the content, for fostering the community, and for designing and maintaining the web presence.
I started my own firm in November 2005. I sued debt collectors and defended people sued by debt collectors until March 2011, when I sold my consumer rights practice to focus on representing tech startup businesses. Throughout, I handled appeals and motion practice for my own clients as well as for other lawyers—and I still do.
Other Legal Experience
I spent about a year at Brown & Carlson working on civil litigation in the areas of construction defect, products liability, housing discrimination, and auto accidents.
For several years, I worked for Barry Voss and Clayton Tyler, at whose firms I did criminal defense, appellate litigation, and general civil litigation, including personal injury and property forfeiture. I also worked on some family law and tribal court matters for Clayton Tyler.
I briefly worked on a court-appointed matter with Richard Kyle, Jr. when he was in solo practice. I also worked with the Office of the U.S. Public Defender on a federal criminal appeal.
I taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct instructor for the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court program at the University of Minnesota Law School from Fall 2005 through Spring 2010.
I joined the HOME Line board of directors, on which I serve as treasurer, in July 2008. I have volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Network for over ten years, including helping to design and implement a clinic to assist consumers sued by debt buyers, which was later integrated into VLN’s other clinics.
I served on the Volunteer Lawyers Network board of directors from June 2010 until June 2016.
Other past volunteer service included policy advocacy with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, tenants’ rights advocacy with Project 504, and serving on the campus program advisory committee for the Minnesota School of Business (Shakopee campus).
I speak frequently throughout the United States, mostly on innovation in law, but also productivity, technology, legal marketing, ethics, and similar subjects. You can see my current presentations on my speaking page.
- Law practice blog: Lawyerist
- Consumer law blog: Caveat Emptor
- The Consumerist blog
- Consumer Law & Policy Blog
- Has the Flood of Debt Collection Lawsuits Swept Away Minnesotans’ Due Process Rights? (pdf), William Mitchell Law Review, June 2009
- Offensive Defense: An Introduction to Protecting Consumers from Unscrupulous Debt Collectors (pdf), last updated April 2009
- Emerging Coverage Issues in Construction Defect Litigation: Diminution in Value Claims (pdf), www.brownandcarlson.com, 2005
In the Media
- Star Tribune, “Phantom debts, real anguish,” July 27, 2010
- Minnesota Lawyer, “The case for case management software”
- Minnesota Lawyer, “Attorney fees under fire,” March 20, 2009
- KSTP, “Morally Sound? Golden Valley company collects debts from the dead,” March 4, 2009
- Minnesota Lawyer, “Lawyers blog their way to business” & “Tips for maintaining a successful law blog,” February 13, 2009
- Star Tribune, “State laws give edge to debt collectors,” August 23, 2008
- Minnesota Bench & Bar, “Credit Counseling Agencies,” July 2008
- MCLE SoloSmall Scoop, “Spotlight on a Solo Firm Practitioner,” July 2008
- KTLK-FM, The Home & Wealth Show, April 22, 2007
- Minnesota Law & Politics, “Lawsuits of the Year,” Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007