After graduating from the William & Mary law school, I returned to Florida to marry my sweetheart and to work at a Pensacola law firm that focused on civil litigation in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Working largely on behalf of insurance companies, I gained valuable trial experience and insight into how insurance companies like to operate. After almost three years with this firm, we moved to Lakeland to be closer to our extended family. Here, I expanded upon my experience by working with an established firm that handled a wide array of civil litigation cases. I continued to represent insurance companies and businesses, litigating personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, and I also represented municipalities in civil rights cases, persons injured by medical malpractice and employees harmed by employment discrimination. I then took the opportunity to focus on plaintiff’s cases by moving to a firm representing families in cases of personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation and employment discrimination. After serving ten years and as a partner in this firm, I established my own firm in 2010. In this setting, I continue to represent personal injury victims, families in wrongful death matters, persons injured at work, and persons discriminated against at work or wrongfully terminated.
Currently, I am still married to that sweetheart I left Virginia for and have three amazing boys. We are involved in their school and in their sports. We are committed to our Church, Shepherd Community United Methodist, where I teach a Sunday class and serve on the Discipleship Committee. I also serve on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry. My wife and I have a heart for family ministry in the church and in the community. We both serve as guardian ad litems and recently began serving as foster parents, too. In keeping with that ministry, I have expanded my practice to represent those involved in divorce, custody, child support and other family legal matters. I also serve as a court-appointed attorney in various dependency cases.
My goals in operating my own firm are two-fold. First, I count the practice of law as an extension of my Christian ministry, meaning that I am committed to giving considered and honest advice and to strong but fair advocacy. Second, my practice is focused and designed so that each client can receive the individual attention they deserve and feel as if they have been treated like family. If you have questions about your case or our firm, the initial, free consultation will be directly with me. You can also have the confidence of knowing that I will personally handle your case instead of a team of paralegals or another associate.