I grew up in a military family, moving often, until settling in Pensacola Florida for the majority of my youth. On September 18, 2001 I decided to join the Army. I completed my basic training at Ft. Benning Georgia and my military job training at Ft. Gordon Georgia. Following military school, I was stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky in 2002. While serving I was deployed to Iraq twice, once in 2003 and again in 2005. While on my second deployment I decided that I wanted to get out of the military, go to school, and become an attorney.
Upon returning from Iraq, I left the Army, joined the Tennessee National Guard, and started school at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). I majored in political science and minored in history. While at MTSU I was a member of the first moot court team and my partner and I finished eighth at regional, both of us being recognized as top orators of the competition, and making it to the national moot court tournament.
Knowing that I wanted to be a trial attorney, I specifically chose the University of Memphis because of the school’s reputation for producing trial attorneys. While at the University of Memphis I focused my legal education on trial work. I participated in the school’s mock trial and moot court competitions, I was the treasurer and vice president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, and I was the chairman of the FedEx corporate outreach committee for Memphis Association of Law & Business. I also participated in the Child and Family Litigation Clinic, where I had the opportunity to represent children in juvenile court and probate court. In representing my clients, I prepared for trials, wrote briefs to the court, and litigated dependency and neglect, and conservatorship issues. In my last semester I worked as an intern with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office (DA’s). While at the DA’s office, I had many opportunities to handle probation and bail hearings. I also had the opportunity to try an aggravated assault case.
After finishing law school, a series of very fortunate events brought me to Nashville. As a dedicated Nashville attorney I practice in a variety of areas and work very hard to communicate with my clients, keep them apprised of what is happening with their case, and help them achieve their ultimate goals in whatever their legal issue may be.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Co-Founder||The Law Offices of Lords and Cate||2013 - Present|
|Student Attorney||Child and Family Litigation Clinic University of Memphis||2012 - 2013|
|Law Clerk/Intern||Honorable Don Ash||2012 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||A. W. Wages||2011 - 2013|
|Multichannel Transmission System Operator and Maintainer||Tennessee Army National Guard||2007 - 2009|
|Multichannel Transmission System Operator and Maintainer||United States Army||2002 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Self Published Pamphlet||How to Deal With Police||2014|
|University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|Middle Tennessee State University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2010|
|Unity-in-the-Community Expo||How to Deal with Police Encounters||N/A|
|State of Tennessee v. H. P.||case dismissed prior to preliminary hearing.|
|State of Tennessee v. D. B.||Not guilty following a jury trial|
|State of Tennessee v. H. B.||Guilty of assault, and facilitation of an aggravated burglary: 2 years of probation and not guilty on all the remaining counts.|
|State of Tennessee v. K. M.||K. M. Plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, 6 years at 30%|
|State of Tennessee v. D. W.||After a two day trial, D. W. was found not guilty|
|State of Tennessee v. K. J.||After a two day trial, K. J. was convicted of Simple Robbery, 15 years at 60%|
|State of Tennessee v. A.W.||Case Dismissed|
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