I grew up on a small farm in Indiana about an hour from Chicago. I attended high school at Culver Military Academy and studied political science at Loyola University in Chicago's Rogers Park.
I went to Chicago Kent for law school. At Kent, I received an academic scholarship and won the CALI award for excellence in Criminal Forensics.
After graduating law school in 2005 I opened my own practice and have been practicing in northern Illinois ever since. My criminal practice is and has always been devoted to protecting the accused; I have never prosecuted. In my early years, I taught undergraduate classes in Ethics and Logic. I serve as a volunteer staff attorney with Veterans' Legal Aid; helping veterans solve their legal problems is extremely rewarding.
I love Chicago, reading, writing, working out, firearms, archery, nature, competition and justice.
People ask: "why criminal defense?"
By its very nature, this area of the law involves meeting people in an emotionally raw state. Clients often have intense anxiety about the impact an arrest can have on their permanent record and career opportunities. Or maybe there are felony charges and there is a serious risk of jail time.
So why practice in such an area of law?
For misdemeanor clients, I genuinely love being the Trusted Guide to people who want to get through their case with a clean record, as efficiently as possible.
A job well done in "serious" felony cases can be rewarding in different ways.
The Founding Fathers knew that innocent people are arrested and charged every day, which is why they designed a system based on the idea that it is better to let ten guilty go free than to convict one innocent. There is dignity in using these Constitutional shields to execute a thoughtful defense strategy that keeps people free or at least controls the damage a criminal case can cause. Pride in work not only feels good, it provides clients with a competitive edge, often in their darkest hour.
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J.D., Chicago Kent Law School, 2005
CALI Award for Excellence in Forensic Science, Academic Scholarship
B.S., Loyola University Chicago, 2002
High School, Culver Military Academy
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2011
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
“Getting the Early Advantage for Clients Accused of Drug Crimes” Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2012 ed, published by Thomson Reuters.