Born in our nation's capital in the year of the Bicentennial, Jeff grew up in Rockville, Maryland attending public school in Montgomery County the son of a lawyer for the federal government and public high school science teacher and brother of a now-renowned orthopedic surgeon in Green Bay, Wisconsin (go Pack, go!).
In 1994, Jeff moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University. A member of the Dean's List his entire time at the university and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Economics Honors) and Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honors), he graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Political Science. While at Emory, Jeff edited the Editorials section of The Emory Wheel newspaper and wrote a featured column called "My Opinion and the Wrong One" which earned him an award for Best Column in the Georgia College Press Association's 1995 Better Newspaper Contest.
In 1998, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA School of Law, where in his first year of law school he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts for an A+ grade in the course.
After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 2001, Jeff joined international law firm McDermott Will & Emery, where he had worked previously as a summer associate, as an associate in the Trial department of the firm’s Los Angeles office in Century City. While at MWE, Jeff received an Award for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Services.
In 2009, Jeff left MWE and joined Palmer Lombardi & Donohue - a smaller, regional litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles. Jeff immediately put his extensive experience in all things arbitration to work representing brokerage firms and brokers in arbitrations in a wide range of matters involving customer claims, employment disputes, and six- to eight-figure debt collection matters. Jeff also continued to hone his litigation skills in trial court proceedings in both state and federal court. Jeff also handled numerous bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of creditor clients and regulatory matters on behalf of brokerage firm and broker clients. Jeff made partner in less than three years.
In 2018, after more than six years as a partner at PLD and twenty years after moving to LA to pursue a career in law, Jeff left to start his own firm.
In his “spare” time, Jeff is an avid fan of all things dogs, a hockey coach to his boys, a comedian, an artist, a musician, a chef, a poker player, a trader, a boxer, a marksman, an auto enthusiast with a special affinity for Audis and Porsches (currently working on number eight), and a crusader for affordable access to health care for all. Jeff runs multiple pages on Instagram (the top two collectively have over 100K followers) that post his original content. Most importantly to him, Jeff is a father to two amazing, sweet boys and a husband to a beautiful, brilliant, badass wife who is quite simply his hero.
Jeff is admitted to practice in California, before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the California Lawyers Association (Litigation Section), the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Litigation Section), and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jeff lives in Santa Monica with his wife Christina, two sons Jack and Carter, and dog Chewy. He misses his pups Winston and Gideon (featured in picture) dearly.
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