I was born and raised on the east side of Tucson, Arizona, where I attended Agua Caliente Elementary School and Emily Gray Junior High. At the time, there was no Tanque Verde High School, so I moved on to Sabino High School. There, I contributed to the soccer team as an all-state defender and helped lead the team to a state championship in 2005. It was also during this time that I began working for the Law Office of J. Marc Montijo, Ltd. as a legal assistant.
I continued onto Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona (go Roughriders!) to play intercollegiate soccer, where my team lost a total of two games over two years, finishing with a combined 46-2-3 record, but could not come away with a national title. More importantly, Yavapai College was where I met my wife, Bre Denning. Wanting to pursue an M.D. to help others, I returned to Tucson with Bre to focus on academics at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). I volunteered at University Medical Center, and discovered that I did not want to call a hospital my “office.” Having worked at the Law Office of J. Marc Montijo, Ltd. when time would permit ever since high school, I realized that I could help people in other ways through the practice of law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009, married Bre in June of 2010, and started at California Western School of Law in San Diego in August of 2010. Utilizing California Western’s two-year program, I churned through law school. I was back in Tucson by April, 2012, and received a Juris Doctorate in September of 2012 after a summer internship as a law clerk at the Law Office of J. Marc Montijo, Ltd.
I took the Arizona Bar and was admitted to practice in the summer of 2013. Having worked for Marc for roughly ten years already – at the beginning answering phones and transcribing letters and pleadings, then working with clients and taking over administrative responsibilities, next working as a full-fledged legal assistant, and finally as a law clerk – returning to the law office as an attorney has been a seamless transition. I love coming to my office every day and helping people with their legal matters.
Our law office is less than a half-mile from my first childhood home, and just over five miles from the home I grew up in. This community has shaped me into the person I am today, and I look forward to giving back and serving our community through the practice of law.
In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, as well as just about any other sport (football, baseball, basketball, golf…), spending time with my family, and attending all of our Wildcat’s football and basketball games with my wife.
Thanks for taking a little time to read up on me. I do my best to enjoy life and would sincerely like to assist you with your legal matter so that you can enjoy life to the fullest as well.