From an early age, I always had an interest in the law and a passion for justice. I loved reading and watching TV shows and movies that centered around criminal justice, and by the time it came time to graduate from high school, I knew that I wanted to find a way to enter into the legal profession. I decided to attend Blackburn College, a smaller school located near my hometown so that I could study political science and begin to pave a path toward law school. After graduating with my bachelors in 2002, I began applying for law school and was quickly accepted into the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois. I jumped at the chance to study law in my home state and begin my journey toward becoming an attorney.
After three years of studying and hard work, I received my Juris Doctorate degree in 2005. I decided to waste no time, and quickly passed the bar exam for the state of Missouri shortly after graduating from law school. Armed with my degree and a license to practice law, I decided to begin by working as a public defender. I knew that working at the public defender's office would allow me to get the courtroom experience that I would need, and allow me to focus on an area of the law that I felt suited my interests the most — criminal defense.
I would spend the next three years working as a public defender, learning the intricacies of the criminal justice system and picking up valuable experience defending individuals from a wide variety of criminal charges. After a few years of working as a public defender, I was recruited to be a partner at a small local firm, which I decided to accept. This allowed me to have a little more control over my caseload and provided me with some exposure to more serious criminal offenses, such as federal crimes and major drug charges. Shortly after my time as partner, I decided that I wanted to strike out on my own so that I could run my own firm and completely manage my own caseload.
I understand the impact that a criminal conviction can have on your life. That’s why I’m here to do everything I can to help resolve your situation.