I have practiced law in Washington since 1970.
University of Washington School of Law (J.D. 1969); Managing Editor and member of the Washington Law Review; Order of the Coif.
University of Denver (B.A. 1966); political science with minors in economics, international relations, history and geology; President of the DU Inter-fraternity Council; Dean's List.
Legal career began in Washington D. C., Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) assigned to the Washington Research Project. WRP later became the Children's Defense Fund. At WRP I worked mainly with Harry Huge on a case involving various breaches of trust by the United Mine Workers relative to the UMW Welfare and Retirement Fund. I also worked with Richard B. Sobol, Marian Wright Edelman and Rick Seymour.
For many years I worked as an office lawyer primarily in Seattle and Spokane: First at Davis Wright Todd Reise & Jones in Seattle and next at Lukins & Annis PS in Spokane.
In the fall of 1990 I opened my own law office in Spokane. The purpose of my law office was to allow me to do more public interest, public trust advocacy and litigation -- besides carrying on a normal for profit practice. Also, about this time, I began the redevelopment of three turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Spokane -- Stewart, Minnesota and Oakley buildings. See MinnOak.com.