I was born and raised in Florida and worked my way through college at the
University of Central Florida by working at United Parcel Service unloading
trucks and sorting packages. I received my B.A. Degree in Political Science
– Prelaw. I then attended Nova Southeastern University where I received
my Law Degree. Upon graduating and receiving my law degree, I passed the
Florida Bar examination on my first attempt and was admitted to the Florida
Bar in 1993.
My first job after receiving my law degree and being admitted into the
Bar was Assistant State Attorney. Not only was this a great opportunity
to serve my community, but also a great opportunity to gain valuable trial
experience. Although I worked in different divisions as an Assistant State
Attorney, working in the “Traffic” division handling DUI,
Reckless Driving and other traffic related cases has provided the most
benefit to me today as I handle injury cases for my clients.
I eventually left the State Attorney’s Office and accepted a position
with an insurance defense firm representing several large insurance companies
and corporations. This position opened the door for me to work directly
for the largest insurance company in the country, State Farm.
During my years with State Farm, I received some very valuable training,
which included the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Program
in Chicago, and then the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Advanced
Trial Program in Phoenix. These programs each involved a full week of
intensive trial training by law school professors, and focused on important
trial skills such as opening statements, witness cross examination, and
closing arguments. This training certainly helped me win cases for the
insurance company. Now, this same training helps me win cases for my injured clients.
In addition, I also received very comprehensive insurance policy coverage
training. If you have ever tried to read your own insurance policy, you
can easily understand how useful this training becomes when I am working
to recover the maximum amount for my injured clients. Imagine settling
your case for less than the full value because your attorney did not find
insurance coverage that would otherwise have been available to compensate
you. Believe me, it happens.
The years of insurance work have provided me with a first-hand understanding
about how insurance companies operate, and of course how they defend personal
injury cases. Now, I use this knowledge and experience to represent everyday
people and families who have sustained injuries and damages from car,
motorcycle, truck/tractor-trailer accidents; Social Security disability,
medical malpractice, work/on-the-job injuries and much more.
Some of My Memberships and Professional Involvement
The Florida Bar
United States District Court – Middle District
Orange County Bar Association
Seminole County Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Bar Grievance Committee