Growing up on a sailboat in the Bahamas, I did not have access to many modern luxuries like air-conditioning, refrigeration, or television. So instead of watching half-hour sitcoms or action adventure shows about talking cars, I became a voracious reader. When I wasn’t fishing, exploring deserted islands, or doing chores, I was reading. It was through books that I discovered a fascination with laws and government. It was this interest that led me to study history in college and to attend law school.
While attending law school, I participated in a student exchange program that allowed me the opportunity to study law at Oxford University, England and then at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. I was one of only a handful of students selected to participate in the Moot Court Team and competed in competitions against other students around the country. My third year of law school, I was elected to the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.
Following law school I began my legal career in South Florida as an insurance defense attorney. For the next 16 years, I represented multinational insurance companies in complex litigation around the state. During that time, I obtained extensive trial experience. I received the highest rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell’s Legal Ability Rating system. An “AV Preeminent” rating demonstrates that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence (Very High to Preeminent).
After years of working for the insurance industry, I decided to use my knowledge and skills to assist people who have suffered injuries. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to learn how to practice from people I admire and respect. Learning how to do things correctly makes the practice more enjoyable.
I am married and have two children. I enjoy cooking, reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with my family. If I had not gone to law school, I would have gone to culinary school and become a chef.
Florida State University (B.A., History, 1996)
Florida State University (J.D., 1999) - Elected Moot Court Team; elected Order of Barristers; exchange program with Oxford University, England; exchange program with Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Associations / Memberships:
Florida Justice Association
Central Florida Trial Lawyers
Civil Trial Law