My father was a business owner, and I always looked up to him as a really smart guy. When his business was expanding, he would regularly meet with lawyers to be sure he was going about things the right way. I was lucky that my father would let me tag along to such business meetings and I got to see the way he leaned on others for support. I was intrigued by the collective intelligence utilized to help his business thrive— which is ultimately what sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer. I wanted to be able to help people like my father’s lawyers helped him.
On my journey to becoming a lawyer, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Missouri, which laid the foundation for me to pursue my law degree at Samford University Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.
Upon graduating with my J.D. in 1989, I went to work for a big law firm practicing in corporate transactional law, but didn’t find fulfillment in that particular area of law. Wanting to find a better fit, I reached out to a contact I had at the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office, and was offered a job there. After gaining some prosecutorial experience, I felt ready and confident that it was time to start my own legal practice.
I have the ability to look down the road to where things are headed and try to find a way to take the most tactical approach from start to finish.