I grew up in the southwest Michigan community of Zeeland. After graduating from Zeeland High School I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. I graduated with a degree in Economics, and I commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. I graduated from various military schools including Airborne School, Air Assault School, and the world famous Ranger School. I was stationed in Georgia, Alaska, Michigan, and Colorado. I am an Afghanistan Combat Veteran, and I was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal for my wartime service.
After returning from Afghanistan I attended Michigan Statue University College of Law where I was a King Scholar. I received numerous academic awards during law school including the "Best Oralist" award for my oral advocacy skills and the Jurisprudence award (top performing student in the class) in multiple classes. I graduated summa cum laude, ranking number 3 in my class of over 200 law students.
Following law school I served as a Judge Advocate (JAG) in the United States Army at Fort Carson in Colorado. I served as an Attorney for the 4th Infantry Division, ensuring regulatory compliance and prosecuting military crimes.
In December of 2019 I relocated to Traverse City, Michigan to continue my law practice. I initially worked as an Associate Attorney at Wilson Kester law firm, practicing in family law, estate planning, and probate matters. In June of 2020 I founded Grand Traverse Elder Law which focuses on estate planning, medicaid planning, and probate matters.
I have been Married to my wife Jenna since 2008 and I have two beautiful children. My children, Willow and Theron, attend Old Mission Peninsula School in Traverse City, Michigan.
I am a client centered lawyer who loves assisting clients to achieve their desired outcome!
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2017||05/24/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|King's Scholar||Michigan State University College of Law||2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Economic Club of Traverse City||Member||2020 - Present|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|Leadership Grand Traverse||Graduate||2019 - 2019|
|King Scholar Seminar Papers||Congressional Standing: Restoring Checks and Balances||2016|
|Michigan State University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2016|
|United States Military Academy||BS - Bachelor of Science in Economics||2008|
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