For 24 years, Roger practiced in the Litigation Department at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP, a California legal powerhouse founded in 1873 and headquartered in San Diego. As an Equity Partner, Roger established the Construction Practice and served as the Chair of the Real Estate and Environmental Litigation Group, supervising attorneys in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Later, Roger was an Equity Partner and Chair of the nationwide Real Estate Litigation Division at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, an Am Law 100® national firm. He is a Certified Arbitrator for the State of California Public Works and he is approved on the Civil Litigation and Real Estate Litigation Panels of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service. Roger also holds a California Real Estate Broker's License, Number 02065052.
Previously, Roger was an extern to the Honorable David R. Thompson, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He tried criminal cases in the San Diego Deputy District Attorney Program. He served as a Judge Tempore in the Small Claims Division of the San Diego Superior Court and as an Adjunct Faculty Member for California Western School of Law.
Roger obtained his Juris Doctor and graduated at the top of his evening class at the University of San Diego School of Law. He was a published author and editor of the San Diego Law Review. He received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence and several American Jurisprudence Awards. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and attended business law classes at King’s College, University of London.
Before starting his own law firm, Roger managed a local hotel and restaurant for eight years while completing his undergraduate and graduate studies. Later, he became an owner of the hotel. His education and experience as an entrepreneur give him invaluable insight that many lawyers cannot understand.
"Roger represented the Museum in complex construction claims. His aggressive litigation strategy resulted in the discovery of a smoking gun which placed us in a position to settle the case on favorable terms without the necessity of an expensive and protracted trial."