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Walt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University in 1974. He received his law degree in 1978. He was a member of the San Diego Police Department from 1969 to 1979. Walt was then hired as house counsel for Hobie Cat Sailboats in Oceanside, California in May of 1980. After four years Walt began private practice representing Hobie, The Coleman Company and many of their subsidiaries. Walt continued his work in this area representing numerous recreational product manufacturers.
In addition to being admitted to practice in the State of California, Walt is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Central District and Southern District of California. Walt has been admitted pro hac vice in many states.
Walt serves as a San Luis Coastal Unified School District Trustee. He has served three terms as Board President since his election in 2000. Walt has served on the non-profit boards of the SLO Little Theater, International Film Festival and Arts Obispo. He has also volunteered as an attorney coach for Pacific Beach High School’s mock trial team for many years.
Walt and wife Cathy reside in Avila Beach.