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I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, because my father was in the Navy. Shortly after being born, my family moved to Gainesville, Florida, and I have been in Florida since. I am a proud Floridian and have Florida in my roots.
I am a proud member of the Orlando and Winter Park communities. I live in Winter Park with my wife. I am also an avid golfer. My firm is an active member in the Winter Park Chamber.
Prior to going to law school I worked as a claim adjuster for a large insurance company. After going to law school I started my career representing insurance companies when they would get sued. This experience gave me the first-hand knowledge that an attorney needs to bring a personal injury claim on behalf of their client.
Before becoming a personal injury attorney, one of the areas of practice I specialized in was representing trucking companies when they were involved in accidents. This meant that I often went out to the scene of trucking accidents where there was a catastrophic injury or a death. I would immediately assist the trucking companies investigate the claim to determine fault and to identify any potential liability that they had. Now, I get to use all of that information to help represent clients who are injured because of someone else's negligence.
- 2008 - Bachelor of Art in Economics, University of North Florida
- 2012 - Juris Doctorate, Florida State University
My philosophy is simple. I believe that a personal injury case should be handled by an attorney, not a law firm.
What does that mean?
You should know your attorney and, more importantly, your attorney should know your case. The introduction of technology has done great things for attorneys. However, one thing it has done is allowed personal injury attorneys to handle hundreds of cases at the same time.
Technology has taken one of the original professions and turned it into a business. Your case is not a business and should not be handled in a manufacturing process. It should be handled by an attorney who puts the time in to get to know you and your case.
Before going to law school I worked for a large insurance company in downtown Jacksonville. I worked as a claims adjuster. This is where I first learned about insurance. While I was working for the large insurance company, I decided that I needed to go to law school to try to make a change and stand up for myself and those who are injured.
During law school, I worked for a well-established personal injury firm in Tallahassee. This experience shaped my view of the law and confirmed my belief that I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. After graduating, I worked in Tallahassee as an insurance defense attorney and then accepted a position with a large insurance defense firm in Orlando.
As an insurance defense attorney I represented the insurance companies and people who caused accidents. Even though I knew early on that I wanted to be a personal injury attorney, I also knew that the best way to become a great personal injury attorney was to learn the ins and outs of the insurance industry.
Working for the insurance companies gave me a foundation to represent injured clients and provided me with a unique skillset to use on the personal injury side of the aisle.
Eventually, I hung up my hat as an insurance defense attorney and began representing only people who have been injured or killed in an accident or because of someone's negligence.
Other than marrying my wife, I can honestly say that this was one of the best decisions of my life. Why? Because I represent people, not shareholders. I have a serious (but light-hearted) phrase that I tell people: “Insurance companies do not make money by paying claims.” What does that mean? That means that insurance companies have an incentive to find any way to minimize or outright avoid paying your claim.
Simply put, I love my job because I believe in what I do. Often, when I meet clients for the first time, they have already incurred substantial medical bills that they have no idea how they are going to pay.
A lot of times, I meet clients during one of the worst moments of their lives, where they’re going through a life-changing catastrophic injury. Although every case is different, the satisfaction that I get from helping people rebuild from the lowest point in their lives is something that few will ever experience.
I am extraordinarily grateful when somebody trusts me to handle their case. A personal injury case is about much more than money. In law school we are taught that a personal injury claim is about making someone whole again after an injury and holding the person who caused the injury accountable for their actions. It is also about protecting the rest of the public from a person or business’s actions, which could help to prevent future injuries to other people.