I entered the practice of law in 1974 as a natural outgrowth of a life-long commitment to racial, gender and gender-identity equality and to the nonviolent resolution of interpersonal, societal and/or political conflict. My clients can expect direct and open communication with me; appreciation of their feelings; dedication and diligence in dealing with the issues involved; and loyalty, dependability and trustworthiness. I operate from the principle that the manner in which we pursue a particular matter influences the ultimate outcome of the matter.