Before becoming an attorney, I enjoyed careers as a Social Services Manager and as an IT Systems Administrator/Educator. The IT career was good for raising a young family, but thus far my solo practice in the legal field has been largely a return to my “social services” roots: I enjoy helping families through their toughest times.
My wife and I originally hailed from the Midwest, but we happily relocated to the Seattle Metro area in 2017..
I received my Masters in Education from Northern Illinois University in 1995; and I received my Juris Doctorate in Law in 2012 from Northern Kentucky University, where I was a Henry Clay Scholar and thrice-named to the Dean’s List. I also received the 2012 Marilyn Wall Scholarship for Excellence in Environmental Law. I am a member of the ABA, the National Lawyer’s Guild, and the Washington State Bar Association.
I enjoy writing (with several short stories having been published online in competitive e-zines) and playing games of all types (pool, chess, darts, and cards, to name a few). I am a sports fan and have enjoyed success coaching flag football [1 championship], youth basketball [1 championship], and even a high school basketball team at a private school for at-risk teens. I also like to consume movies on a regular basis and read some science fiction/fantasy when I can find the time.
I have also volunteered extensively over the years, including: local political campaigns, independent media/community radio, Habitat for Humanity, CASA, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.