Cal was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 31, 1953. After attending high school in Phoenix, he enrolled in the University of Arizona, where he received his Bachelors Degree with honors in 1975. While an undergrad at U of A, he studied abroad at both the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and Oxford University, Trinity College, in Oxford, England. Cal graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Law, with his Juris Doctor in 1978.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada, United States District Court for the District of Nevada, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Since beginning his practice in Las Vegas in 1978, Cal has been an advocate for the injured and accused. He was Local Counsel to attorneys F. Lee Bailey and Aaron J. Broder in the MGM Grand Fire Litigation, and Local Counsel to famed attorney Melvin M. Belli, Sr. in numerous Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Rights Litigations. In addition, his firm has represented parties in numerous high-profile and catastrophic cases, including cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, civil rights, and other injuries.
His work in fighting for the rights of the injured led to his election as president of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA) in 1999. For the past five years he has been the editor of the NTLA Advocate and has served on the Board of Governors for 10 years. He is also a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association; the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles; and the American Trial Lawyers Association, Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury.
Cal is also an experienced criminal defense attorney, having represented clients on charges ranging from capital murder to DUI. He was the Founding President of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ), and Founding President of the Nevada Appellate and Post-Conviction Project, in addition to being a Sustaining Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He received his Death Penalty Defense Certification from the National College for Criminal Defense, and argued Godinez v. Moran before the United States Supreme Court.
Throughout his career, Cal has presented numerous seminars, to his peers and others, on civil and criminal litigation topics. In addition, his published articles include Focus: Constitutional Protection, Police Misconduct: Members of the Bar Should Respond, Nevada Lawyer (State Bar of Nevada), January 2000; Life Expectancy of the Catastrophically Injured Child, Advocate (Nevada Trial Lawyers Association), September 1997; and Bad Checks and Gaming Debts, Reasonable Doubt (Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice), March 1997.
Outside of his legal practice, Cal has maintained a high level of civic participation. He has served his community in such roles as Boy Scouts of America Committee Chairman; Church Elder; B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge, Las Vegas Past Exalted Ruler, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Chairman of the State Association Board of Directors; American Cancer Society, Past Board of Directors member; Preservation Association of Clark County, Past Board of Directors member; and Chairman of the Helldorado Rodeo.