While I was in law school, I clerked for Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford, then left his office and went to the solicitor's office. There, I worked under the Third-Year Practice Act, which means I was basically allowed to prosecute for free for the state. After I passed the Bar, I was hried as an assistant solicitor in Cobb County. A year later, the elected district attorney, Tom Charron, offered me a job, which I accepted and then began working as an assistant district attorney. I am honored to have been voted by my peers as Prosecutor of the Year at both of those positions.
I left the DA's office and entered into private practice about 13 years ago. I specialize in criminal defense. The vast majority of my work is in Cobb County. I serve as the environmental law judge in the City of Smyrna and am a past associate municipal court judge for the cities of Marietta and Woodstock. I am honored to have received the Ross Adams Younger Lawyer award, given annually by the Cobb County Bar Association.
I believe in treating people honestly and with integrity - the way you expect to be treated - and being upfront and forward with everyone. I try to treat my clients the way that I expect to be treated by professionals that I hire, whether that's my CPA or my doctor.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1996||02/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Ross Adams Younger Lawyer Award||Cobb County Bar Association||2004|
|Assistant District Attorney of the Year||Cobb County District Attorney's Office||1999|
|Prosecutor of the Year||Cobb County Solicitor's Office||1997|
|Assistant District Attorney||Cobb County District Attorney Office||1997 - 2001|
|Assistant Solicitor||Cobb County Solictor's Office||1996 - 1997|
|Prosecuting Attorney, third year practice act||Cobb County Solictor's Office||1995 - 1996|
|Law Clark, Intern||Cobb County Superior Court||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Cobb Chamber of Commerce||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section||Member||2001 - Present|
|Cobb County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1997 - Present|
|Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1996 - Present|
|Cobb County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Member||2001 - 2012|
|John Marshall Law School, Atlanta||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|