Background and Experience
I graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in History in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate in 1978. I moved to Alaska after graduation and joined the Anchorage law firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot. The firm administered a prepaid legal services plan and every new associate was presented a personal caseload immediately after hire. On the criminal side I handled everything from traffic to homicide. On the civil side I worked on domestic disputes, real estate matters, probates, wills, and litigation. Over time, I was introduced into the firm's general litigation practice where I represented institutional clients in commercial, real estate, and personal injury litigation. In Alaska, an attorney may gain significant appellate experience early on and I fully availed myself of the opportunity in a broad mix of appeals at both the state and federal levels. During my eleven year tenure with the firm I advanced from law clerk to partner and was eventually placed in charge of litigation training for associates.
My wife, son and I moved to Homer, Alaska (a small community on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula) in 1990 in pursuit of a simpler lifestyle. My Homer practice ran the gamut: administrative and judicial appeals, general litigation, commercial work, real estate, estate planning, landlord-tenant, and everything in-between. As one might expect with a small-town practice, I worked with people from all walks of life. Many of my clients hailed from several Russian Old Believer communities. I represented Natives, fishermen, developers, young parents, home buyers, business sellers, the elderly, doctors, teachers, non-profits, hotels, restaurants, and contractors.
I have taught Civil Procedure at the University of Alaska in both Anchorage and Homer and occasionally lectured on various legal topics, either at the Homer campus or before a local non-profit.
On the community service front, I served on the board of directors of South Peninsula Hospital for five years and as president my final year. I was the secretary of The Homer Foundation where I chaired the planning and policy committee and the membership committee. I also co-supervised the youth advisory committee and served on the investment committee. I was active in community theater for over fifteen years. I have trained youth court attorneys, conducted mock trial programs, and facilitated Socratic seminars. My wife and I created the Drama Debate and Forensics program at Homer High School and I served as head coach for four years.
I received basic and advanced mediation training at Loyola University in Chicago in August of 2013 and further training a few months later at Our Family Services, a Tucson non-profit organization, where I currently serve as a volunteer mediator, facilitator, and trainer. I have also received mediation training from the Arizona Attorney General's Office, where I act as a volunteer mediator in civil rights disputes. I also serve on the Board of Directors of The Desert Men's Council, a Tucson non-profit which offers a mentoring program for adolescent boys without an appropriate adult male role model in their lives.
I transferred my Homer practice to another attorney in late 2012 but have kept my Alaska license active. My wife and I officially relocated to Arizona on January, 1, 2014, and I received my license to practice law here on February 28, 2014. I am fully insured. I am married to Kathy Westerburg, a real estate agent with Tierra Antigua. She works out of Tierra Antigua's Green Valley office. We have an adult son, Luke, who lives and works in Seattle.
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