A Jack of All Industries and a Master of Law My Journey Into Law FirthLaw.com 760-770-4066 OCTOBER 2019
It was love at first sight for me and Palm Springs. I was in awe of the fantastic weather, supportive community, and relaxed environment. That’s why I strive to give back to my community and solve my clients’problems in the best way possible. That said, I didn’t just become a reliable lawyer out of nowhere. The unique approach I use and the solutions I provide clients stem from 35 years of life adventures in business, real estate, government, and politics. After graduating fromWashington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1975, I became active in politics and went to work for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. I followed him to Washington, D.C., and worked as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice and at theWhite House as Deputy Director of the White House Conference on Small Business. When my career in government came to an abrupt end with the 1980 election, I helped build up The Residence Inn Company until Marriott purchased it. After my Residence Inn experience, I continued to work in hotel development and franchising on the East Coast for most of the 1980s until the economic downturn eliminated opportunities. My wife, a recent law school grad from the Midwest, and I then moved toWisconsin to open
an estate planning law practice, which became one of the largest in the state. In fact, I drafted over 1,500 living trust agreements at my practice there. We saw a lot of success inWisconsin, but the cold weather pushed us to explore warmer climates. We decided to move to Palm Springs in 2002 after vacationing here several times. With an eagerness to help the community I fell in love with, I opened up a law practice with an emphasis on estate planning, bankruptcy, real estate, and business formation. Through my adventures, I have become a member of various organizations that have strengthened my ability to serve my clients. I’m a member of the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. I’m also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust and Fiduciary Tax School and a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Bar. While these communities and my education have made me successful in law, it’s my personal life that keeps me grounded. My older son started college at 14, dropped out at 18, and now works for Google as a software engineer. My younger son is taking a break from UC Berkeley while he works on his music career. (Did I say I have bright children of whom I am very proud?) I also have a dog named Lucy who I adopted as a stray. When I’m not spending time with my family, I love to play tennis and practice martial arts for exercise. I know it might sound surprising, but I’ve earned my second-degree black belt, which proves that I am tenacious if nothing else. And finally, because I lived in Wisconsin for 12 years, I am a die-hard Packers fan, and because I went to the University of Virginia, I’m also a die-hard Cavaliers fan.
I genuinely love what I do because I like helping people and finding a solution for their problems. I dislike big banks, credit card companies, liars, and bullies. But don’t just take it fromme; for my dedication to my community, Avvo has given me a“10”rating and a Clients’Choice Award. Palm Springs Life Magazine has also named me a multiyear winner of their Top Lawyers Award in the Coachella Valley. It’s from these experiences that I’ve become a lawyer who will give you compassionate service at reasonable rates, and I can think outside the box to solve your problems. I’m also building a tax resolution practice in addition to my bankruptcy chapter and estate planning practice. For more information, please visit FirthLaw.com.
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