I have been practicing law in Tucson for almost 37 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 worlds 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 downtime 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.
Finally, my great joys in life are my daughter, and hanging out with friends and family. Sometimes I sleep through the night, and about those other nights, ‘nuff said! I’m committed to living hard and fulfilling Rabbi G. Rayzel Raphael’s directive that “[l]ife’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy Shechinah … what a ride.’”
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