I knew I would be a trial lawyer as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids growing up that loved to argue about everything and anything. Parents, teachers, siblings, it didn’t matter — and the truth is, I won most of those fights.
I attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. My studies were all focused on the necessary course work to later attend law school. During college I was the captain of the mock-trial team that won third in the nation. I majored in political science, but I also had significant studies in computer science and film production. My background in computers and film will give you an incredible advantage in your case.
In 2003 I began law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, I focused my education on courtroom trial work. Chicago-Kent is ranked in US News and World Report as one of the top three schools in the nation for courtroom training. Within the first month of law school I was hand selected as the school’s top trial lawyer prospect. I spent the next three years intensely training with one of the most highly regarded trial professors in America. During that time I traveled nationally to compete on behalf of my school. During law school I was put on scholarship for my role on the trial competition team (much like an NCAA blue-chip football player). I was formally certified the top in my class in trial advocacy during my second year. I also contributed to the authoring of a revolutionary book titled Litigation Technology. Like I said, that computer and film background is a huge tool for us to use in your case.
I graduated law school in 2006 and immediately passed the Illinois bar exam. I then commissioned into the United States Air Force and attended Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. The Air Force didn’t pay for law school or college. I joined for many of the same reasons as everyone else — I was inspired by my two grandfathers’ service, and then became dedicated to serving after 9/11.
After OTS, the JAG Corps sent me through a 9-week intensive tech school with over 70 other new JAGs. I graduated from tech school and was given the award for being the number one litigator.
My first assignment was Aviano Air Base in Italy as a base level prosecutor. Based on my skills and proven ability, I handled the base’s most serious and complex cases. Cases ranging from drugs, to sexual assault to homicide. My name and reputation as the best young trial lawyer started to circulate throughout the Air Force.
After only two years, I was promoted to be the local military defense counsel at Aviano. This is the same position held by your assigned free military defense counsel — known as an Area Defense Counsel in the Air Force. Within 3 months I handled the Air Force’s most high profile case — a previously convicted child pornographer that escaped from Air Force jail in England and went on the lamb for almost a year. The case was front-page news in London.
Complex cases began to pour into my office, and I began to rack up impressive statistics for having cases dismissed prior to trial, acquittals at trial and for light sentences in cases where my client plead guilty. After just over six-months on the job, I was recognized as the Air Force’s top CGO defense counsel.