I am an attorney as well as a small businessman.  I received a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California, and I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995.  I also studied International Legal Transactions and European Community Law at Oxford University.   I am admitted to practice law in California and Washington DC, and have previously been admitted to practice in Texas and the State of Washington.  I am admitted to practice in numerous federal district courts, appellate courts, as well as The United States Supreme Court.  As a lifelong learner, I still take classes, having recently completed a semester-long online Yale University course, The Global Financial Crises, and I am currently taking Financial Markets taught by the brilliant Robert Schiller.  I have been a managing partner of both small and large law firms, including as a co-majority owner and co-managing partner, building a law firm from a few attorneys to over 100 attorneys with 12 offices in 10 states. Currently, I am a Partner at a litigation boutique law firm with two partners that left my prior firm a few years after I sold my interest in it in conjunction with a merger. The vast majority my legal experience has been representing financial institutions and small businesses in state and federal court.


My wife and I have been married for 22 years and we moved to Coronado with our four young children in 2008.  Our kids are now teenagers, and our oldest just began college (remotely) at my alma mater, USC.  Over the past 12 years I have enjoyed coaching baseball, soccer and softball and serving on the boards of Coronado Youth Soccer and Coronado Little League.  I served several years on the Coronado Bicycle Advisory Commission.  I am passionate about preserving Coronado’s unique charm.  I own and preserve three historic Coronado homes in Coronado, all three of which are designated as Coronado Historic Resources and two have been on the Coronado Historical Association’s Historic Home Tour.  

Paid for by John Duncan for City Council 2020