Thanks for learning a little more about me! I grew up in Rock Hill, then came to Spartanburg to go to Wofford College. I graduated from Wofford in 1996. I graduated from law school at the University of South Carolina in 2000.
After graduating from law school, I worked as a law clerk for a state circuit court judge in Barnwell, who held court mostly in Aiken, Bamberg, and Barnwell. After a year there, I returned to the Upstate in 2001 to practice law in Easley.
In 2005, I joined this firm. I'm grateful to practice law here. I'm most thankful to be part of the Spartanburg community, where my wife and I raise our four children. We belong to First Presbyterian Church here in town, where I've served as a deacon. Over the years, I've also served Spartanburg on the boards of the local Red Cross and TOTAL Ministries, a mission funded by local churches to feed and clothe the less fortunate.
In 2018, I got appointed by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to serve on the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center Board. As we know from far too many recent tragic events, corroding mental health is a looming problem in our world. Way too many people suffer untold agony in silence, and I'm hoping to use this position to help folks confronting mental and emotional illnesses. To me, these illnesses are no different than the common cold- you can't help you got it, but it can often be controlled before it gets dangerously worse. I'm honored to be asked to help some folks in our community who are in bad pain and desperate need of help.
I've been honored to be an elected leader within the legal profession as a two-term member of the board of directors for the state criminal defense lawyers association and chairman of the personal injury and insurance committee of the South Carolina Bar.
For my entire legal career starting in 2001, I've worked to help people who got hurt from others' carelessness or on the job, and defend people accused of crime, including DUI. I've tried numerous cases to a jury verdict, from car accidents to residential construction to assault and battery with intent to kill, and DUIs. I've also tried several workers' compensation hearings.
The best thing about being a lawyer is I get to be a voice for folks who might not otherwise have one. I am very proud of the people I help and the causes I represent.