Those two statements pretty well describe me and the practice of law and I'm proud that I do a good job with both.
My parents and family raised me to believe that we help others in need and my wife and I are raising our children with the same belief. As a firm, we share that belief in the way we take care of our clients. We understand that clients need our help and our expertise to solve their problems and we strive to make sure they aren't disappointed.
Early in my career as an attorney, I realized that I love the courtroom. I love talking to jurors and helping them relate to my client's situation. After countless trials, I still get butterflies before I walk in the courtroom - not because I don't know what I'm doing but because I am charged with representing my client and I've got to do the best job I can?because that trial is my client's chance for justice. I hope I never lose those butterflies.
I've represented major corporations, churches, mom and pop businesses, local governments and even my next door neighbor. Each one of them is my most important client.
I spent many years representing insurance companies. I learned how they operate, how they evaluate cases and how best to get them to compensate my clients. I like the fact that I can use those years to my clients' advantage. I learned first and foremost that the only way to get a case settled is to get ready for trial and make the other side blink first. We do that in every case.
I've successfully handled car wrecks, slip and falls, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, trucking wrecks, defective products for injured folks. I've recovered money for families who lost their loved ones due to the negligence of others. I've handled disputes over church property and disputes over property boundaries?I've even handled a case involving a mud bogging track. I've successfully defended clients charged with murder and folks who had a little too much to drink. In the almost 25 years I've had the privilege of representing people as an attorney, I figure I've seen it all?and I look forward to doing it for another 25 years.
I am admitted to practice law in Georgia and in South Carolina and I have practiced in the state and federal courts of both states. I am a proud graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. I am a member of the State Bars of Georgia and South Carolina and the Macon Bar Association.
I'm married to the love of my life, a middle school principal, and we are blessed to have a son and a daughter who keep us on our toes. Like my grandfather, I am an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Like my father, I've always got a project going at the house.
And, I like helping folks and I like trying cases.