From an early age, one of the biggest influences on my life was my grandfather. He worked for years as a distinguished attorney, helping thousands of clients through a variety of different legal issues. By using his extensive knowledge and experience, he was able to provide help and support to countless families and individuals when they needed it most. Growing up, I always admired the work that he did and the values that he stood for. When I eventually left home to attend college, I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
I decided to attend school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, known by many as simply UMKC. I decided to major in Administration of Justice, as I knew it would help me pave a path toward my ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. After four years of hard work and dedication, I graduated from UMKC and immediately applied to the school's law program. I was quickly accepted into the UMKC School of Law, allowing me to officially begin my journey into the legal profession. During my time in law school, I decided to focus on the areas of family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation, as I knew these areas would provide me with the opportunity to really help those who often weren't in a position to help themselves. Following the example my grandfather set for me, I was able to earn my Juris Doctor and successfully pass the Missouri state bar in 1988 — allowing me to officially practice law. Needless to say, I felt an extreme sense of joy and pride that I would finally be able to set out and make my grandfather proud.
I believe that everyone deserves honest and experienced representation, and I’m proud to provide that to anyone who needs my help.