Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization - Bankruptcy Law Specialist




Assumed status as sole shareholder of law corporation on October 1, 2016. 

Continued the long tradition of the firm of service to the region in bankruptcy and tax settlement legal representation that dates back to the formation of the law corporation in 2010.

MANSFIELD CHENEY, PC, Ventura, California: 2013 – 2016

Shareholder / Partner

 Merged former solo law practice with Law Offices of Daniel A. Higson, PC establishing a three partner law firm in a multi-county bankruptcy practice to form largest bankruptcy practice by caseload in combined Northern Division and San Fernando Valley Divisions of the Central District.  The law corporation formed operated as Higson Cheney Mansfield, PC from 2013 to 2015.  

Managed purchase of law corporation with Ellen M. Cheney from founder and former shareholder Daniel A. Higson on June 1, 2015.

MANSFIELD LAW OFFICE, Ventura, CaliforniA, 2010 – 2013

Attorney, Solo Practitioner

 Established and operated a dynamic law office with locations in Ojai and Ventura, California.

Focused exclusively on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation.

Filed and successfully managed 240 bankruptcy matters in the first two and one half years business was reestablished following academic efforts.

Developed a varied bankruptcy practice consisting of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases, including representation of consumers, businesses, and creditors.

Successfully designed online marketing and social media campaign to develop firm from a new market entrant to one of top five consumer filing firms in multi-county area within three years.


SAGE Center, Santa Barbara, CaliforniA: 2008 – Present

Executive Director, SAGE Center, Law and Neuroscience Project

Assisted and facilitated all activities of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind.

Executed the decisions of the Director, Co-Director and Network Co-Directors concerning research and planning.

Managed multi-institutional research projects in law and neuroscience.

Managed and oversaw research and project budgets in excess of $10 million as well as coordinated with business services.

Provided long-range planning and vision development for cognitive neuroscience events, speakers, and research initiatives.



Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelist (Contract Basis)

Serve as part-time panelist in domain name dispute matters pursuant to ICANN and Registrar policies (hearings occur over the Internet and no travel is required). 

Rendered publicly available decisions in over twenty-five matters.


MANSFIELD LAW OFFICE, A PROFESSIONAL CORP., Mendocino, CaliforniA: 2001 – 2004

Attorney, Solo Practitioner

  Established and operated a profitable law office in the village of Mendocino, California.

 Litigated numerous matters in Federal and California State Superior Courts.

 Provided general legal representation on issues such as forming and operating small businesses, real estate disputes, estate planning, and bankruptcy.

Served as Judge Pro Tempore, Mendocino County, California, and authorized to hear and decide small-claim cases.


OVERTURE, INC., Pasadena, California:  2000

Director of Legal and Business Affairs

 Second highest attorney in company that is now part of Yahoo! (Overture division).

 Drafted and reviewed business development and licensing agreements

 Participated in preparation for Disney litigation.

Conducted diligence and review of purchase of

 Assisted in preparation of Overture’s early trademark tracking system.


O’MELVENY & MYERS LLP, Los Angeles, California: 1994 – 2000, 2000 – 2001

Senior Associate

 Employed in litigation department for first four years and transactional department for last three years, thereby receiving a broad range of training in diverse legal subjects.

 Served as counsel on large securities fraud and intellectual property litigation matters representing technology companies (e.g., AMD).

 Advised entertainment companies on software and Internet licensing issues (e.g., Warner Brothers).

Co-founded the O’Melveny & Myers Internet Law Practice Group, 1996.

 Served on Technology Committee, 1996-2000.

Provided advice and counsel to Acacia Research, Pasadena, California, 1998-2000.

Served on litigation team representing AMD concerning “MMX” litigation with Intel Corporation.

 Represented AST in litigation concerning combination with Radio Shack and 486-based computers.


EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, Washington, D.C.                                                                      

Legal Intern

 Reviewed United States unfair trade complaints and made recommendations to counsel on action

 Assisted with North American Free Trade Agreement review.




Master of Theological Studies, 2007

 Seven of sixteen courses in ethics or social justice.

Three of sixteen courses in philosophy of religion or phenomenology.



Juris Doctorate, 1994

 Awarded Jurisprudence Awards (representing highest grade in course) in Public International Law, Advanced International Law, International Business Transactions, and Refugee Law.

Received scholarship to attend Hague Academy of International Law in 1993.

Served on Moot Court Board in 1993.

Research Assistant to Professor David D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law.

Received Ford Foundation Grant for research on the Antarctic Treaty System (1993 & 1994).



Bachelor of Arts, Religion, cum laude, 1991

 Additional majors in Political Science and History due to high credit hour accomplishment.

 President, Student Association.

Awarded Presidential Scholarships, academic grants, 1987-1991.

Selected for Ethel Evans Department of Religion Award (most outstanding scholarship), 1991.

Teaching Experience

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, Santa Barbara, California: Spring 2008

Co-Teacher, Psychology 594LN, Law and Neuroscience

 Served as co-professor with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga for graduate psychology course in law and neuroscience.

Developed course syllabus, reading materials, and prepared electronic resources.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, Santa Barbara, California: Spring 2008

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies 3, Environmental History

 Served as teaching assistant to Dr. Greg Graves for undergraduate course in environmental history.

Led section and graded course for 80 undergraduate students divided between three sections.


Fellowships and Research Experience

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, Santa Barbara, California: 2008-2009

Research Fellow, MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project



Author, “Religious Arguments and the United States Supreme Court: A Review of Amicus Curiae Briefs Filed by Religious Organizations,” Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, forthcoming, Spring 2009

Co-Author, “A Call for Ratification of the Protocol on Antarctic Environmental Protection,” 21 Ecology Law Quarterly 163, 1994

Co-Author, Implementation of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic

Treaty into United States Law and Practice, Center for the Study of Law and Society,  monograph in the Berkeley Studies in International Law and Organization series, 1993