I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, which I consider one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have earned a number of degrees from the University of Cape Town, including a Graduate degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science.
A passion for the law led me to earn my Juris Doctor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. I am admitted to the California Bar, the Oregon Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. In 2003, I continued my studies and achieved an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, United Kingdom. Additionally, I completed the Trial Advocacy Program from International Association of Defense Counsel in Boulder Colorado, and I was a member of the American Inns of Court.
The firms that I have been employed at include Gelfand & Gelfand in Beverly Hills, California, and Middlebrook, Kaiser & Popka, in Palm Springs, California, where I was a partner.
When I am not practicing law, I enjoy teaching (I was an instructor at Phoenix University, where I taught law for undergraduate and MBA programs), fine and ethnic dining, traveling, reading (especially political, historical and espionage novels), and spending time with my wife, children and friends. I am a fervent rugby, soccer and cricket fan, and watch these sports whenever possible. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am an ardent fan of the English Premier League.
State Bar of California
District of Columbia Bar
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
Oregon State Bar
International Association of Defense Counsel — Boulder, Colorado
Certified in Trial Advocacy Program
Desert Bar Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
American Inns of Court
California Real Estate Salesperson License
J.D. — Loyola Law School in Los Angeles
M.B.A. — Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University — Scotland, UK
Graduate Degree — University of Cape Town — Cape Town, South Africa
B.A. — University of Cape Town — Cape Town, South Africa
B.S. — University of Cape Town — Cape Town, South Africa
Mathematics & Computer Science