I grew up on a small farm in Indiana. I attended high school at Culver Military Academy and studied political science at Loyola University.
I went to Chicago Kent for law school. At Kent, I received an academic scholarship and won the CALI award for excellence in Forensic Science. Upon graduating in 2005 I opened my own practice and have been practicing criminal defense ever since.
In my early years, I taught undergraduate classes in ethics and logic. In 2014, I ran for the State Senate, going from 0% name recognition to 40% of the vote against an incumbent with decades of political presence in the district. I serve as a volunteer staff attorney with Veterans' Legal Aid; helping veterans solve their legal problems is extremely rewarding.
I love writing, reading, working out, playing sports, biking, firearms, archery, nature, competition and justice.
Mission Statement & Practice Philosophy
People always ask me: "why criminal defense?"
As a Chicago criminal defense lawyer, I often meet people who are in an emotionally raw state. Maybe its anxiety over the potential impact a misdemeanor may have on future career opportunities and earning potential. Or maybe it's fear of a felony charge and there's a serious risk of jail time for you or a family member.
So why practice in such an area of law?
For misdemeanor clients, I love the satisfaction of a job well done. Being the “trusted guide” to someone who is a little confused, hates interviewing lawyers and just wants to get through this with a clean record, with as little cost to time and money as possible.
For felony clients, I love making a difference, knowing that there are innocent people who, because of me, are free instead of in jail. I love seeing extra effort give my clients a competitive edge that either controls the damage, or gives them a path to victory, often through their darkest hour.
Sex Crimes: Sexual Assault/Date Rape, Soliciting a Prostitute, Prostitution
Violent Crimes: Battery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery
Drug Offenses: Possession, Delivery of Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, etc...
Miscellaneous: Shoplifting, Theft, Disorderly Conduct, Firearms and Weapons Offenses
J.D., Chicago Kent Law School, 2005
CALI Award for Excellence in Forensic Science, Academic Scholarship
B.S., Loyola University Chicago (Undergrad), 2002
High School, Culver Military Academy
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeUnited States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2011
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
Illinois, 2005 Articles “Getting the Early Advantage for Clients Accused of Drug Crimes” to Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2012 ed, published by Thomson Reuters. Featured Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Attorney for John Marshall Veterans' Legal Aid Clinic.