Why did I become a lawyer? When I was a kid, I loved reading Nancy Drew and watching black and white reruns of Perry Mason. I grew up out in the woods, and we could only get a few stations thanks to the tall antenna on top of our house.
After college, I taught at Jefferson County High School in Louisville, Georgia. Many of my students only had one picture of their father: his prison photo. Many of my students were desperate for an adult to listen to them, and they needed fathers in their lives.
For eight years, I worked as a prosecutor in a district attorney's office. In Georgia, we send far too many people to prison, for far too long. Many times, we hurt families more than we help our communities. A wise older District Attorney told me that my job as a proscutor was to figure out who we were scared of, and who we were just angry at. We shouldn't be sending people to prison because we are mad at them.
As a criminal defense and family law attorney, my goal is simple: if we aren't afraid of someone harming his or her family or neighborhood, we shouldn't keep him away from his family or neighborhood. MOST parents should have a relationship with their children, and MOST criminal defendants should not be in prison.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2006||01/18/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Girl Scout Gold Award||Girl Scouts USA||1994|
|Owner||Deal Law Firm, LLC||2015 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Monroe County District Attorney's Office||2007 - 2015|
|Law Clerk||Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit - Judge John Lee Parrott||2006 - 2007|
|Summer Intern/Law Clerk||Judge Walter McMillan, Jr.||2005 - 2005|
|Teacher||Jefferson County High School||2000 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section||Member||2016 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2016 - Present|
|Georgia State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia||Member||2007 - 2015|
|Macon Community News||Make your legal resolution to get your affairs in order in 2019||2019|
|Macon Community News||Amicable divorce and joint physical custody benefits parent and child||2018|
|Macon Community News||The first step in any legal battle is to stop talking||2018|
|Macon Community News||A good holiday visit requires parental communication||2017|
|Macon Community News||Planning is key to summer visitation success||2017|
|Macon Community News||I've got a court date...now what?||2016|
|Macon Community News||I've got a court date...now what? Part 2||2016|
|Macon Community News||In contested divorce an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure||2016|
|University of Georgia School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Agnes Scott College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
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