I graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1989, and unlike many college students, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Helping people has always been a passion of mine, specifically helping those who are facing difficult times and don't have the ability to fight for themselves. After being accepted into the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, I focused on learning the finer points of the law so that I could be in a position to help people in times of significant stress and crisis. Eventually, in 1992, I received my Juris Doctor degree and passed the Missouri bar admissions soon after, allowing me to officially begin my career practicing law.
Since the day of my very first case, I've been committed to the idea of treating every single client with respect and compassion. When you find yourself dealing with legal troubles, it can feel like your entire life is slowly falling apart. To make matters worse, it can be difficult to find anyone that you can rely on to help ensure that you're not being taken advantage of during these difficult times. I've worked with countless clients who are facing significant legal challenges — from state and federal criminal charges to personal injury struggles and family law issues — that have the potential to tear apart families and destroy relationships. These are the people I aim to help, and these are the cases that can be the most fulfilling for me on a personal level.
I understand the importance of building strong personal relationships, and I work hard to help my clients do the same.
As a solo practitioner, I've made it a priority to keep my firm small enough so that I can maintain a personal relationship with my clients to better understand their needs and interests. I believe it's important to maintain the ability to focus all of my time and attention on every individual case I take on so that no details are missed. This also allows my clients every opportunity to stay up to speed on proceedings and ask any questions they may have along the way. My goal is to make sure you don't have to deal with every last complex legality of your case, so you can focus on what matters most — getting your life back together.
When I'm not working with my clients, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children. I coach little league with my kids and have a blast taking my boys on scouting trips every year. Both my faith and my relationship with my family provide a great deal of comfort and strength in my life. At the end of the day, I believe that building strong relationships with family and friends is what life is all about, and I work hard with my clients to ensure they have the same opportunities at happiness that I've been blessed with.
Areas of Practice
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1993
Brigham Young University, B.A. - 1989
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, J.D. - 1992
Professional Associations & Memberships
Boone County Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
The American Association for Justice, 1996-2011
The Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1991-1993