I was born and raised in Henry County, Georgia. I attended UGA for both business school and law school, graduating in 1984. I started practicing in 1984 at the McDonough firm of Smith, Welch & Meadows. I then practiced in-house with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 20 years doing insurance defense work for auto and trucking cases and workers' comp cases. I opened my own firm in 1997 to represent plaintiffs and claimants. I no longer represent insurance companies at all. I am married with two boys, ages 12 and 15. I enjoy riding dirt motorcycles when time allows and attending my sons' events at school.