I'll tell you the truth; I'll be prepared; & I'll call you back
Honestly this is the hardest thing to write on this entire profile I hate to “toot my own horn” because, to me, it can come across as sounding like I’m full of myself. I can assure you that isn’t the case. Still you need to know a little bit about me and my background to be able to determine if I’m a good fit for you.
Well for starters out of the 88 people who graduated in my law school class, I was ranked number 2. I also graduate summa cum laude (the highest honors your can earn). I’m also a published author. My article, A Guide for Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys in Capital Sentencing Hearings: Representing Clients who were Acutely Intoxicated During the Alleged Crime and Clients with a History of Addiction, was chosen to be included in the book Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America which was edited by Charles MacLean.
I guess that means I’m suppose to be pretty smart. More importantly I think it reflects that I’m not afraid to work really hard to accomplish my goals. If you hire me to represent you, I’ll work with the exact same determination to assist you that elevated me to the very top of my law school class.
Some things in life you can only learn from experience regardless of your educational background. Sometime wisdom only comes with age. I’ve been around the block a few times and I have the grey hairs to prove it! I’d like to think that my maturity gives me a unique perspective that can assist my clients in finding a more positive outcome for their situation.
For almost 20 I was a professional magician. Yes, you read that right. I have literally performed thousands of magic shows for resorts, amusement parks, and corporations around the globe. I think it goes without saying that I am very comfortable speaking in front of people.
So why is that important for you?
Well, being able to stand up in front of judges and juries and argue for your client is a big part of what lawyers do. I believe that my ability to be comfortable “standing and delivering” in front of judges went a long way towards my partner and I advancing to the quarter finals of the Charleston School of Law’s National Moot Court Competition. Don’t you want a lawyer that is comfortable arguing your case, and isn’t afraid to speak in front of a judge or jury? I believe my prior experience in the entertainment business is a very powerful asset that I’d like to put to work for you.
I also have a fourth degree black belt in American Karate and a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-Do. In 1993 I was ranked among the top 20 light weight black belt fighters in the nation by the North American Sport Karate Association. I think this demonstrates that 1) I’m not afraid of a fight, and 2) I’m not easily intimidated. If you hire me to represent you, I promise that I will fight just as hard for you. I won’t be intimidated by the prosecution. I won’t be afraid to fight for every legal benefit to which you are entitled. I won’t be afraid to go to trial.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best Attorneys for Family law||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2017|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2017|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Immigration Attorneys||2017|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Immigration Attorneys||2016|
|2016 Client Choice Award||Avvo||2016|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|2015 Client Choice Award||Avvo||2015|
|Summa Cum Laude||Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law||2013|
|Dean's List||Duncan School of Law||2013|
|Quarter Finalist in National Moot Court Competition||Charleston School of Law||2012|
|President||LaFevor & Slaughter||2014 - Present|
|Associate||The Law Office of Drew McElroy||2013 - 2014|
|President||The Law Office of Patrick Slaughter||2013 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Clerk||2014 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Knoxville Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Dicta||Task Management and Billing Remotely||2017|
|Dicta||Communicating While Working Remotely||2017|
|Dicta||Getting Started Setting Up a Paperless Office||2017|
|Dicta||Introduction to Working Remotely-A Guide to Small Firm Practice||2017|
|Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America||A Guide for Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys in Capital Sentencing Hearings: Representing Clients who were Acutely Intoxicated During the Alleged Crime and Clients with a History of Addiction||2013|
|Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Face and Body Art International Convention||Legal Matters for Family Entertainers||2015|
|William August Lockler, III v. Pamela Michelle Barr Lockler E2016-02308-COA-R3-CV||The court sided with my client and agreed that the trial court had intended for her to received ½ of the husband's military retirement benefits.|
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