Member of Florida and Alabama Bars, Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, and Former Florida Circuit Court Judge
"After law school, I devoted a decade to forging a fruitful career as a commercial/real estate litigator and as a trusted adviser to many corporate and governmental clients. At my old firm, I worked alongside extraordinary thinkers and leaders. My old firm produced eight trial court judges, one sitting appellate judge, the previous U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, a sitting Congressman, a city councilman, and two sitting Okaloosa County Commissioners – all in the last twenty years!
These experiences with remarkable people provided valuable context when I took the bench as a Circuit Court Judge. My time on the bench gave me a unique view of the whole picture of a legal dispute as I presided over thousands of hearings listening to hundreds of attorneys advocate for their clients.
Indeed I have been both a buyer and seller of legal arguments. First, I spent time as a litigator selling legal arguments to judges for my clients; then I spent time as a judge deciding which legal arguments to buy. With the picture complete, I realize there is a tremendous cost to litigation that at best impedes small businesses and individuals from efficient growth, and at worst, financially destroys main street Americans unaccustomed to litigation.
I want to help clients save money by doing their best to avoid the courtroom altogether; through prudent proactive planning."
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