I began my law career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John M. Patterson, Judge (Governor, 1959-63) at the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals where I wrote approximatley 150 unpublished memorandum and numerous opinions. This was an extraordinary learning experience.
In 1993, I moved my family moved to Dothan, Alabama. After a brief stint in civil practice, I returned to criminal law as a sole practitioner, where I tried numerous cases, including a grisley murder, one of Houston County's first DNA cases.
In 1994, I was lured from private practice to the City Attorney's Office for the City of Dothan. While there, prosecuted hundreds of DUI cases, along with domestic violence cases and other assorted misdemeanors. I also handled some of the City's civil work.
In 1995, I was lured from the City Attorney's Office to the Office of the District Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Houston and Henry County, Alabama. As an Assistant District Attorney, I handled thousands of cases and tried over 200 jury trials. Many of those were murders, robberies, drug trafficking, robbery and white collar crimes. Again, I prosecuted hundreds of DUI and domestic violence cases and handled juvenile matters. For a period of five years, I handled all the drug forfeiture cases for both counties. In 2002, I tried a female defendant for the capital murder of her adopted baby, achieving a conviction. That defendant was later sentenced to death.
In 2003, I returned to the private practice of law, focusing of criminal defense, DUI, and criminal appeals as I do today at Parkman & White. Since then I have handled thousands criminal cases of all kinds. My experience as a former prosecutor makes me a better defense attorney. At trial, I have secured not guilty verdicts in capital murder, robbery, sex cases, drug possession and sales, DUI and numerous other cases. In other cases, I have secured, both at trial and by plea, many lesser included offenses, including a plea from capital murder to a misdemeanor. I have twice won the Alabama Criminal Defenses Lawyer's Merit Award.
I fight hard for those criminally accused regardless of guilt or innocence. I provide service to my clients without judgment. The criminal justice system only works if I keep the prosecution honest and ensure that the court's rulings are appropriate.