I was born in Detroit and raised north of the city in Warren, MI – home of Dodge City – Chrysler’s truck assembly plant, the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, and the General Motors Tech Center. Almost everyone I knew had a family member that worked in an auto related field. I grew up respecting what the auto companies provided to the community and also very aware of the tremendous sacrifices employees made on behalf of the companies. I also knew without an education that I was destined to be dependent on the whims of the auto industry. As a result, I became the first member of my family to earn a college degree, and therefore, the first in my family to go to law school.
Since graduating from Wayne State Law School in 1990, I have become licensed to practice law in Michigan, Wisconsin, and California. I take pride in the fact that I have conducted hundreds of trials on behalf of consumers across the country including in Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and California. It is very important to me that our firm provides clients the best representation possible. Our litigation experience insures that settlements are not agreed to unless they are in the best interest of our clients.
My upbringing also makes me appreciate that a significant portion of people’s take home pay can go to paying for a car and also how dependent people are on their cars. Because of this, we strive to not only work out effective settlements but to do so as quickly as possible so we can help end the disruption that these faulty vehicles are causing in people’s lives.
In my free time, I enjoy running, yoga and hanging out with my family. My first car had 4 wheels and a roof. It also had the ability to both start and stop just by pushing the pedals on the floor!
I grew up in the small town of Cadillac in northern Michigan. I always knew that whatever I ended up doing in my career that it would involve helping others. Over the last 25 years, I have devoted almost my entire my legal career to representing consumers. I became an attorney because I wanted to assist individuals – especially those whose financial circumstances might prevent them from being able to pay for legal help. Since 1997, I have been practicing exclusively in the areas of Lemon Law/Breach of Warranty law. These areas require the manufacturer to pay the consumer’s legal fees and this allows our firm to help countless individuals who otherwise could not afford to use our services. It is very gratifying to know that I have been able to assist well over 10,000 owners of defective vehicles.
As part of my practice, I have observed firsthand how consumers are taken advantage of when they own defective vehicles. Most consumers will simply choose to trade-in or sell their problem vehicles because they are misled regarding the legal assistance that is available to them. I feel very strongly that an informed consumer is best able to protect his/her interests. I want each of our clients to not only be helped by our representation but also to become better informed through this process.
After completing my B.A. at Kalamazoo College, I then went on to earn a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. I returned to Michigan and received my law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1990. It was especially meaningful for me that I received this degree in the city where my father was raised, and from the very same university where my grandmother earned her bachelor’s degree in 1950.
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling as much as possible. Like any good Lemon law attorney, I fondly recall my first car (well actually it was my mom’s) a 1968 Buick Riviera that I equipped with a Pioneer Supertuner cassette player, a 40 watt power booster and Kricket speakers.