ATTORNEY PROFILE

ATTORNEY PROFILE

Although many lawyers claim to be trial attorneys, not all can say they have tried a significant number of cases to a jury as lead counsel. During my career I have conducted jury trials in criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to dangerous felonies, including DWIs, felony drug cases, assaults, domestic assaults, serious sex crimes, stealing, manslaughter and second and first-degree murders.

I've contributed to the law profession at large by writing for the Missouri Bar CLE program and teaching advanced criminal defense topics at numerous training seminars. I also served as the Chairman of the sex crimes defense committee with the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and lead the development and publication of a significant practice aid written as a resource for use by attorneys who practice in this highly difficult and specialized area of the law.

In 2017, I was honored to be named Defender of Distinction, the highest honor that can be bestowed in the State of Missouri by the Public Defender System, and a reflection of my dedication and skill in the defense of people accused of a crime.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, St. Louis University School of Law, 2004
  • Notes and Comments editor, St. Louis University Public Law Review, 2003-2004
  • Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees
  • Licensed to practice law in Missouri, 2004

Experience

  • District Defender for Lincoln and Pike Counties
  • Fifteen years experience as a criminal defense attorney
  • Experienced trial attorney

Publications

  • Inciting Terrorism on the Internet - an application of Brandenburg to terrorist websites. St. Louis University Public Law Review, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 2004
  • Search and Seizure Issues. DWI Law and Practice, MoBar CLE Publications, Second edition, 2014
  • A Practice Aid - Defending Sex Crimes. Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017

Awards

  • Excellence Award, Missouri State Public Defender Commission, 2006
  • "Getting in the way of Injustice" Award, Missouri State Public Defender, 2014
  • Defender of Distinction, Missouri State Public Defender Commission, 2017