I used to work for an insurance company. From the company's perspective, denying an injured person compensation could be considered a "win." But it never felt like a victory to me. That's why I became a personal injury attorney. I realized that I could fight for those who needed compensation and weren't sure how to get it themselves. Taking a moral stance against injustice is enough in and of itself to give my work meaning, but I enjoy other aspects of my job as well. Bringing clients relief, figuring out how to solve their problems, and beating insurance companies at their own game ? these are more than just perks. They're the reason I love going to work each day. I don't just fight for my clients. I fight for them in the right way.
Fighting the Right Way
When people first meet me, they tend to see me as calm, cordial, and rational. Although these things are certainly true, I am an aggressive litigator when your case warrants me to be. If there's anything I've learned in my decades of practice, it's the value of a tactful and balanced approach. It's because of this approach, I think, that I've been able to establish so many constructive professional relationships. In fact, I've spent the last 25 years building rapport with attorneys not just in and around Jacksonville, but also in Tampa, Sarasota, and throughout the entire state of Florida. Years of experience have taught me that having this network of professional resources benefits everyone involved in a personal injury case. With relationships based on mutual respect, I can always find the right source of counsel in unique circumstances. In addition, I can make appropriate referrals as needed, to the benefit of clients and colleagues alike. And finally, I can give opposing counsel the chance to work with me rather than fight against me to find a fair resolution. Cordiality has its limits, though, and whenever the opposing counsel and I don't see eye to eye on what truly is a "fair resolution," they quickly learn just how competitive I can be.
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1987 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987 Florida, 1986
Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1986, J.D. University of Texas, 1982, B.A.
Professional Association & Membership
Florida Bar Fourth Circuit Grievance Committee ?A', 1999 - 2002, Member Florida Bar Fourth Circuit Grievance Committee ?A', 2000 - 2002, Chair The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section, 1986 - Present, Member American Bar Association Florida Association for Justice
Pro Bono Activities
Youth Soccer Club Board, 2001 - 2003; 2014; Pro Bono Legal Advisor 2014 - present Duval County School Advisory Committee for Stanton College Preparatory School, 2006 - 2010 Duval County School Advisory Committee for Darnell-Cookman Middle School, 2004 - 2008