1988 – I conducted two successful solo litigations, as a first year law student serving with the United States Army.
January 1991 – I began full time practice of law. I represented soldiers and handled approximately 15 hearings per week for approximately 8 months of my time at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
1992 – 1993 – I handled my first criminal case in Federal Court, defending someone charged in a big truck theft and chop shop ring. Of the 9 persons charged, my client was the only one who got probation.
1994 – I began full time criminal trial work in Texas, as a felony prosecutor. I moved a couple of times, and worked as a prosecutor in Spokane County, Washington and in Minnesota before resigning for good in 2000. I also wrote appeals for several months during this period.
June 2000 – I opened my first solo law practice as a criminal defense attorney in Minnesota. Since I stopped prosecuting in 2000, I have never once thought about returning to that side. Criminal defense became my passion quickly, and that fire has never lessened.
2000 – 2009 – I served as a criminal defense trial attorney in many capacities during these 14 years, both in private practice and as a public defender. I also spent some time writing defense appeals – including one in a death penalty case. During this window I spent a year working for trial judges in Florida, drafting their decisions for them, including decisions in two death penalty cases.
August 2009 – I returned to Whatcom County, which felt like coming home. In September I took on a felony caseload as a Deputy Public Defender here in Whatcom County, ultimately becoming a Senior Deputy Public Defender before resigning in January of 2014.
January 2014 – I returned to the private practice of criminal defense when I opened Westergreen Law. It is my desire to handle fewer cases and to be constantly available (as nearly as possible) to my clients.
IN FEBRUARY 2014, I CELEBRATED 20 YEARS AS A CRIMINAL ATTORNEY. Most of this time, I was handling felonies at the trial court level. For another huge chunk of that period, I was selecting my own cases and had a mix of misdemeanors (mostly DUI’s) and felonies. For a smaller portion of that 20 years, I was writing appeals.
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