I was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. There I attended a "humanistic gymnasium," a high school emphasizing languages and the arts, and majored in Latin and English. After graduating from high school in 1984, I began my legal studies at the University of Freiburg.
In 1985 I moved to Los Angeles, California, where I enrolled at Occidental College and earned my bachelor's degree in 1988 (B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude). I then enrolled at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and earned my law degree in 1991 (J.D.). After graduating from law school and passing the California Bar Examination, I joined the litigation department of Sheppard Mullen Richter & Hampton, a prominent law firm in downtown Los Angeles. My practice as a litigation attorney, which included two jury trials, emphasized intellectual property, unfair competition, and antitrust law.
In 1994 I left the practice of law and started my own translation business. Since then, I have provided translation services to some of the most reputable international law firms in Germany, as well as to several international corporations with operations in Germany.
I have been a member of the State Bar of California since 1992.