About Me

mug_about meI like helping people.  I use my skills and experience in criminal defense, personal injury law and family law to serve others: it’s my purpose.

I am a trial lawyer.  Properly preparing a case for trial is essential to success.  That preparation requires mastering the facts of a case; knowing the law; and crafting a theory of your case that a judge or a jury will believe and accept.

MASTERING THE FACTS

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was an aggressive newspaper reporter, with reporting stints at the Mobile Press-Register, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News, and other newspapers.  My dogged reporting earned 13 statewide journalism excellence awards, including the 2005 “Freedom of Information Award” from the Georgia Associated Press.

Chasing down and interviewing sources, quickly assembling facts, and pounding out interesting and accurate stories under intense deadlines — those skills are the foundation of my approach to case preparation as a lawyer.

KNOWING THE LAW

As a law student at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in Montgomery, I sought out mentors who knew how to practice law.  I served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles Price (ret.), presiding judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in Montgomery.

In that role, I observed numerous criminal and civil cases tried before judge and juries.  By helping to manage Judge Price’s civil docket, I observed how some of the best trial lawyers prepared their cases for trial: the kind of motions they filed, how they drafted those motions, and how they argued in court.  I incorporated their best practices into my practice.

As a law student, I also worked as legal assistant to Montgomery Attorneys Jeff Duffey and Susan James, two of the best criminal defense attorneys I know.  That experience gave me an insider’s view of how great lawyers prepare cases for trial.  I honed my legal research skills by helping them.

After law school, I spent more than three years serving as a contract attorney for Susan James. I served along side her as co-counsel on numerous jury trials of major criminal charges, including multiple capital murder cases.

In my own practice, I have served as lead counsel on jury trials involving murder and attempted murder.  I have also secured large settlement awards for personal injury clients, obtaining more than $200,000 in settlements since 2013.  Finally, I have helped family law clients through divorce, achieving property division, and working to obtain satisfactory child support and child custody agreements.

CRAFTING THE THEORY OF YOUR CASE

My ultimate goal as your lawyer is to develop a winning case theory, one that will convince a judge or a jury to give you what you want.  This requires knowing the facts and the law of your case.  It requires dogged preparation of the case with an eye toward trial.  And it requires crafting a story built upon a persuasive theory that is uniquely shaped to your circumstances; a story that others will believe and accept as true.

I believe this is the path to victory.  Let me help you get there.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Alabama (2000), B.A., English (journalism minor)
  • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (2012); J.D.

ADMITTED:

  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • Member, Alabama State Bar

CERTIFICATION:

  • 2015 National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute; Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia.