After receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Finance Management from the University of South Florida in 1986, I went on to study law at Mercer University. I graduated with my Juris Doctor from Mercer in 1990. Right away, I was admitted to the Georgia State Bar and began building up my expertise and talents.

I started off as a research law clerk at the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and spent a year there honing my legal skills. From there, I moved on to serve as a senior attorney general for three years at the Florida Department of Legal Affairs. After my time there came to an end in 1994, I joined my father's practice, which centered around estate planning and trusts.

It's a real privilege when a son can say he had his father as a mentor, and I'm blessed to be able to say this was the case for me. Through his leadership, guidance, and example, I discovered what values I wanted to place in the center of my own practice and made the decision to strike out on my own.

With me, you’re going to get the one-on-one attention you deserve.

Discovering My Role As a Criminal Defense Attorney

While I was under my father's leadership, I also spent two years working criminal appeals as an assistant public defender for the Public Defender 13th Judicial Circuit. During that time, I really fell in love with criminal defense. Knowing that I was playing a critical role in helping someone get a second chance at life was a phenomenal feeling. I believe that sometimes our judicial system can treat the accused as if they're guilty until proven innocent when, in fact, our system operates the other way around.

When clients come to me, they're scared — angry even — and that's totally understandable. Especially when they're innocent or believe they're being treated unfairly. One of my first goals in meeting with clients is to help alleviate some of the stress simply by listening. Sure, the cops and opposing parties have their side of the story, but I want to hear yours. Doing so will help me discover the whole truth and find the key to getting your case steered toward an optimal outcome.

Another value I have is educating my clients about what's going on at all times and being available for them when they have questions or concerns. Whether it's two in the morning or eleven at night, I'm here for you. If you have a civil or criminal case, let's schedule a time to talk.