Career: Press Secretary, Senator Barry Goldwater, 1984-1987; Director of International Trade, Arizona Department of Commerce, 1987-1988; Policy Advisor, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1988-1989; Nielsen, Merksamer, Parinello, Mueller & Naylor, 1991-1993; Slovak & Baron, 1994-1996; Founding Partner, Ferguson & Bernheimer, 1996 to 2007. Principal, Ferguson Law Firm, 2007 to Present.
Community: Mayor, City of Palm Desert, 2000, 2006; Councilman, City of Palm Desert, 1997 to 2010; Chairman and Commissioner, Cove Communities Public Safety Commission (representing the cities of Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indian Wells), 1997 to 2010; Chairman and Member, Board of Directors, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, 1997 to 2010; Chairman and Member, Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, 2006 to 2010; Chairman and Member, Palm Desert Planning Commission, 1995 to 1997; Member, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee, 2008 to Present; Member, Riverside County Transportation Commission, 2009 to 2010; Member, Palm Springs International Airport Commission, 1997 to 1999; Member, Lincoln Club of the Coachella Valley, 1995 to Present (Board of Directors, 1995 to 1997); Member, State Bar of California.
Education: Georgetown University, Institute on Comparitive Political and Economic Systems (1983); University of Arizona (B.A.S., 1989); McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D., with distinction, 1993). Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Traynor Honor Society; Phi Delta Phi. Recipient: Faculty Award, Most Significant Contribution to Overall Legal Scholarship; Member, Moot Court Honors Board Executive Committee, 1993; Two time National Semi-Finalist, American Bar Association Moot Court Competition, 1992 and 1993.
Admitted to the State Bar of California, December 12, 1993.
Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, January 22, 2001.