I have devoted my legal career to defending the rights of Iowan’s charged with drug and alcohol offenses with an emphasis on operating while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, serious injury by vehicle, and vehicular homicide cases. My interest in the criminal justice system began early in my career while attending Simpson College and majoring in Criminal Justice and graduating Cum Laude in 1999. After attending Simpson, I received my law degree from Drake University in 2002. While attending Drake, my passion for the criminal justice system was enhanced by completing an internship at the Warren County Attorney’s Office as well as through completion of the Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic.
In 2004 I became a member of the National College of Drunk Driving Defense and am currently one of only eight attorneys in Iowa to be a member of this organization. In April 2005, I completed the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Practitioner Training Course through Walden, Platt and Associates where I became certified to administer and score the same field sobriety tests used by police officers when making an arrest of an intoxicated driver.
I continue to hone his skills in defending the rights of Iowan’s by attending numerous other national and local seminars related to criminal and drunk driving defense. I have also spoken at numerous seminars on issues such as field sobriety testing, breath testing, case law updates, and appellate practice. My practice also includes the litigation of appeals through the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court.
I have also been an assistant wrestling coach at Valley Highschool since 2004. I enjoy working with the kids to help them not only become better athletes but better individuals. I also enjoy being outdoors and taking my annual fishing trips to Minnesota.
Licensed since 2002
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|IA||Authorized to practice law||2002||04/29/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawers||2012|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases||Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2010|
|Harvard Summer Session Graduate||National College of Drunk Driving Defense||2007|
|Standardized Feild Sobriety Testing Practioner Course||NHTSA/IACP||2005|
|Managing Partner||GRL Law||2005 - Present|
|Associate||Hoyt Law Firm||2002 - 2005|
|Assistant Wrestling Coach||West Des Moines School||2002 - 2013|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Iowa Association of Justice||Board of Governors||2011 - Present|
|Iowa Association of Justice||Criminal Law Core Group||2009 - Present|
|Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board Member||2002 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National College of Drunk Driving Defense||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|Drake University Law School||N/A||Juris Doctor||2002|
|Simpson College||Criminal Justice||Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Story County Bar Association Annual CLE||What Every Lawyers Should Know About OWI's||2013|
|Annual Firefighters Convention||OWI Consequences||2013|
|IACDL Annual Conference||DOT Must Knows||2011|
|24th Annual Criminal Law Seminar||OWI: Putting the Tools We Have To Use||2010|
|Anticipating Issues in Criminal Cases||Cell Phone Callers||2009|
|Annual Judges Convention||OWI Update||2007|