B.S. 1979, San Diego State University
M.S. 1984, Stanford University
Fiduciary Coursework, 2017, U.C. Riverside
June 2018 to present: Licensed professional fiduciary (license no. 1052). My current cases include several family trusts and a conservatorship.
Feb. 1989 to present: Panel of trustees for the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court; Receiver in various superior court actions; Probate Administrator. Management of assets for chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy estates, including real property (income and agricultural); on-going business operations; liquidation of real and personal property; estate litigation. I have been appointed in over 35,000 chapter 7 cases to date. Receivership and Probate cases include management of income real property and business operation.
1979 - 1988: Geophysicist with Texaco, Inc. (Los Angeles) and Natural Gas Corp. (San Francisco); oil and gas exploration using seismic techniques, primarily in California with some exposure to Rocky Mountains and Gulf Coast basins.
Management of real property, including residential rental, commercial, and agricultural. Businesses managed and operated include electronic waste recycling, restaurant, manufacturing plant, pharmacy, and auto dealership.
Seller of dozens of pieces of real property in my career, including single family residences, apartments, commercial and agricultural properties. I have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market and its framework, including title problems, standard and “wrap-around” mortgages, judgments and tax liens. I have assembled a team of professionals who assist me in evaluating, managing, and selling real property, including brokers, property managers and escrow officers.
Operation and management of small and large agricultural concerns, including numerous almond orchards (up to 800 acres), 1,000-acre cattle ranch, grape vineyards, wineries, almond processing plants, and several dairies. My experience with almonds and walnuts has given me knowledge of all aspects of orchard management, from irrigation practices, pruning, harvesting (I drove a shaker one season), and crop sale contracts. I have close relationships with several custom farmers whom I trust with managing orchards on my behalf.
Frequently involved in both federal and state court litigation as estate trustee, including fraudulent conveyances, preferences, contractor & subcontractor claims, labor claims, bad-faith insurance, personal injury, agricultural disputes, and probate claims. These claims often arise from review of financial records, including bank statements, balance sheets, income statements, and real estate chain of title. I routinely participate in mediations and settlement conferences, from which I have gained a respect for hearing both sides of an argument. Although not an attorney, I have a well-developed working knowledge of the law and frequently file my own pleadings in simple matters in order to preserve estate resources.
oil & gas
Although no longer a practicing geophysicist, I have 10 years of experience in oil and gas exploration, working for Texaco, Inc. and Natural Gas Corp., using seismic techniques to explore for oil and gas in California, both on-shore and off; some experience in Rocky Mountains and Gulf Coast.
Professional Fiduciary License, State of California, Lic. No. 1052
Member, Professional Fiduciary Association
Panel of Chapter 7 & 11 Trustees for the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court (since 1989)
Former member National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, California Receiver Forum