I graduated the University of Illinois (1970) and Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law (1976). I then became a Pima County Public Defender from 1977 until 1983 and have been in private practice defending criminal cases since 1983. My practice includes all phases of criminal defense, including homicide, sex offenses, narcotics, DUI and vehicular offenses. I have handled numerous high profile offenses in southern Arizona.
In 1994, I was named the Trial Lawyer of the Year for the American Trial Lawyers for Public Justice as a result of my work in uncovering the policy of the Tucson Police Department to interrogate suspects in violation of their request for counsel. [See, Cooper v. Dupnik, 963 F.2d 1220 (9th Cir. 1992)]. I have participated in numerous challenges to the manner in which DUI’s are investigated in Arizona, including the challenge to the RBT, resulting in the invalidation of 14,000 breath test results. [See also, State v. Fields, 196 Ariz. 580, 2 P.3d 670 (Div. 2 1999)]. I was recently co-counsel in a case, State v. Gibson, in which the trial court precluded the testimony of the State’s experts in an arson case, finding the experts’ testimony failed to comply with Daubert/Rule 702 and was unreliable. It is believed that this is one of the first cases in the United States in which expert testimony by government experts in an arson case was thrown out of court.
In May 2017, the Pima County Bar Association awarded me the Robert Hooker Criminal Justice Award, “…given each year to an attorney and member of the Pima County Bar association who has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to service within the community and who embodies the highest standards of professionalism, innovation, and selfless dedication to the improvement of the criminal justice system.”
– The Writ, May 2017
I also co-host of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice seminar on DUI defense (1987 to present). I have also participated on the faculty for DUI Judicial Conferences as well as numerous seminars for the Arizona State Bar, Pima County Bar, Arizona State Alumni Association and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ).