Attorney Profile


Since my admission to the Florida Bar in March 1986, I have been involved in all aspects of civil, criminal, appellate and administrative law litigation. I am licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Florida. I have litigated dozens of criminal and civil matters through jury trial, in addition to many bench trials in both state and federal court. I have represented over 100 condominium and homeowners associations, and for 12 years was a member of the board of directors of, and was general counsel to, a local community bank. In my general trial practice, I have done a moderate amount of transactional work, in addition to a broad range of litigation involving personal injury, real estate, construction, discrimination, admiralty, maritime foreclosures, commercial issues, collections and condominium litigation. For over ten years, I represented the interests of Allstate Insurance Company and its insureds and have represented the CIGNA Companies, Dixie Insurance Company and the State of Florida Division of Risk Management in its automobile and general liability litigation. I have also represented the interests of BP Oil Company in its underground tank litigation in Florida.

Before entering law school, I supervised the construction of a 65′ sailing ‘junk’ in Thailand, and I worked as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, piloting offshore oil field supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Java and South China Seas.

Prior to that time, I worked at a large water sports business in the United States Virgin Islands, instructing SCUBA diving classes and operating thirteen ocean-going vessels. After becoming a member of The Florida Bar, for three years I also owned and operated a marine towing and salvage company in the Florida Panhandle. I graduated from the Florida State University undergraduate program in 1979, with a B. A. in Spanish Literature. I graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with a J.D. degree in 1985. I was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator in 1998 and have mediated cases regularly since then. I speak both Spanish and Thai, although no longer fluently. I was born in Chandler, Arizona, on December 10,1952 and lived in numerous countries around the world as the dependent of a U.S. Air Force pilot.

Bar Admissions

• Florida, 1986
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1988

Education

• Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
     • J.D.- 1985
     • With Honors

• Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
     • B.A. (Cum Laude)- 1979
     • Major: Spanish Literature

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, 1989-2011
• Walton Bar Association, 2013 – Present
• Original (former) member of the Tallahassee American Inn of Court, n/k/a the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court

Languages

• Spanish
• Thai

Fraternities/Sororities

• Pi Kappa Alpha