I started my legal career as a prosecutor, working as an Assistant State’s
Attorney. As a first year assistant, I did not charge people with offenses
and did not make offers to resolve their case. I merely went to court,
conveyed the offer that was written on the file, and left the decision
to the accused or to their attorney.
While in that position, I reminded myself each day that my job was the
“administration of justice,” and not just to punish. Unfortunately,
as a prosecutor, I was not allowed to give advice to those who were charged
with a criminal offense, but were not represented by an attorney. I would
routinely see an accused enter the courtroom, without the assistance of
an attorney on their side, and accept a sentence that I was not certain
they deserved. It was at that time that I decided that I could make a
better contribution to the law and to those who were accused of crimes
by becoming a criminal defense attorney. Over a decade later, it is a
decision that I have never regretted.
I have become a compassionate and caring attorney for those individuals
whose rights I protect. My single-minded goal is to secure the best outcome
for those that I represent. Whether it be by efficient negotiation, effective
defense strategies, or the unwavering willingness to take the matter to
trial, the client is always my top priority.
Outside of practicing law, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing golf.
* Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois (J.D.)
* Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (B.S.)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
* National College of D.U.I. Defense
* Illinois State Bar Association