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About Me

I have been practicing law in Tucson for 35 years. I do:

  • Business and Real Estate Litigation, Transactions, and Counseling
  • Estate Planning, Probate, and Fiduciary Services
  • Legal Malpractice, Ethics, and State Bar Discipline and Admissions proceedings

I am also a Licensed Fiduciary (License No. 20546), which allows me to serve as a guardian/ conservator, personal representative (executor), or trustee. My fiduciary practice focuses on cases involving difficult family situations or complex business and real estate assets.

I am also General Counsel for Pima Medical Institute. PMI, in business for more than 40 years, provides post-graduate vocational training in the allied health sector. I have represented PMI for more than 30 years, as it has grown from a small facility in Tucson to more than 15 locations in eight states.

In the legal/fiduciary world I have been an active volunteer in the regulatory world. My activities have included:

  • Member and chair of the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court, which was responsible for disciplining attorneys who broke the rules (1989 – 1995)
  • Member of the 17-person committee charged with rewriting the Rules of Professional Conduct for Arizona attorneys (2001 – 2003)
  • Trustee of the State Bar of Arizona Client Protection Fund (2003 – 2008)
  • Member of the Fiduciary Board, the body that regulates Licensed Fiduciaries in Arizona (2013 – 2016)

I speak regularly to attorneys about professionalism and ethics matters. My public speaking has also involved real estate and business issues, nonprofit law, and topics at the intersection of health care and law.

In the nonprofit world, I have served on and chaired the boards of:

  • The Tucson Jewish Community Center (1997 – 2011)
  • The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (1996 – 2003)
  • The One Hundred Club of Southern Arizona (1982 – 2003)

I also served on and chaired the Steering Committee for B’nai Tzedek in Tucson (a Jewish teen philanthropy group) (2006 – 2011), and the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (2005 – 2007). I am a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Tucson, a venture philanthropy partnership that funds and assists literacy and life skills providers. I still work from time to time with charitable organizations on fund development and governance issues.

During my down time, I write several days a week at Mark Rubin Writes. I also read, cook, bake, drinks martinis and red wine, and garden. Trivia is in my past, I belong to the South Tucson Philosophers Guild, and I have three trophies—two seconds and a third—from a local celebrity spelling bee which supports the Educational Enrichment Foundation in Tucson.

My Core Values

I’ve been an attorney for more than 12,000 days. That number is the same 35 years I’ve mentioned elsewhere, but it provides context for the experience (and reminds me more vividly just how long I’ve been an attorney). I’ve had thousands of mostly wonderful clients. And I’ve also had the opportunity to practice and offer legal assistance in the area of ethics, professional discipline, and legal malpractice. The mix leaves me with some strong opinions about what makes an attorney-client relationship successful in law firms. The opinions are embodied in my Core Principles. I slip, for sure, but the principles reflect my expectations for myself and my clients.

You make the calls about your goals and objectives. I get you there, and I controls the means by which you get to your desired outcome. Ethical Rule 1.2(a) spells out the details.
We communicate. You provide information. Together, we discuss objectives and goals. I advise and act.
Nothing is certain, ever, especially in many law-related settings. By keeping you informed and knowledgeable about your matter, surprises are less likely.
If I get news about your case, you receive it right away, even when it’s bad news… except for Friday afternoons. No bad news to start a weekend unless it really can’t wait!
Legal services cost money. No one enjoys paying attorneys. That said, dealing with problems up front almost always saves you money.
I work for a living. I expect payment for services rendered. Enough said. But ask about light switches if you think I’m too direct.
I work in a service profession. Expect good service from me. If you’re not getting what you expect, I expect to hear from you.