I was born and raised in Flomaton, Alabama, a small town situated on the Florida line directly north of Pensacola. After graduating high school in 1983, I attended Jefferson Davis Junior College, where I obtained an Associate's Degree, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honorary, and played on the baseball team.
In the fall of 1985, I enrolled at The University of Alabama. I worked on the Alabama Football staff as a student equipment manager for three seasons before graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. I subsequently enrolled at The University of Alabama School of Law, where I obtained a Juris Doctor degree.
After practicing law in Tuscloosa for several years, I moved to Puerto Rico on a two year teaching contract, where I taught Jr. High English at Guamani Private School in Guyama. I especially enjoyed the travel experiences in the Caribbean during that period of my life.
Upon returning to Tuscaloosa in 1998, I opened my own law office and have specialized in Criminal Defense and DUI Defense for almost 20 years.
My approach to practicing law has been always consistent: not only do I represent my clients, I also represent the legal system to the best of my abilities. I have always respected the importance of court procedures, the law (including our Constitution) and the importance of earning credibility with Judges, other attorneys, and court staff alike.
From 2001-2008, I served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2010 was presented with the ACDLA President’s Award, and in 2014 received an ACDLA Merit Award. I have authored materials and have lectured at the ACDLA 4 Corners seminar. From 2004-2008, I was a member of the statewide planning committee for ABICLE’s yearly Criminal Defense Seminar. I was one of 75 attorneys initially named to represent indigent defendants in Federal Court as a member of the CJA Panel. I have also served on the Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.
In 2016, I was a Candidate for Tuscaloosa County District Court Judge. Even though I didn’t win, I’m extremely proud and humbled that a small town guy who moved here for college in 1985, and didn’t know a soul, was able to garner 9,000 votes!
I am a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church and serve on the Board of Directors of the Red Elephant Club. I previously served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (was also a Big Brother), United Way, and Easter Seals, and am a donor to several charities including the RISE program, the Community Soup Bowl, and West Alabama Food Bank.
My wife Melanie and I have 7 children. Five are between the ages of 12 and 16: Drew, Harper, Zach, Anabelle & Ellie Reese, and our twin toddlers Foster & Finley were born July, 2015. We also have a lab, a german shepherd, and two cats that think they’re dogs.
In my spare time (which, I'll admit is rare...) I enjoy playing golf, watching Alabama Football and I like to cook, especially Southern food.
|AL||Occupational License - Authorized to Practice||1993||11/10/2020|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 03/07/2019
This means the attorney did something wrong, but the State did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Merit Award||Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2014|
|President's Award||Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||N/A|
|Alabama State Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Tuscaloosa County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|University of Alabama School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
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