More Than Just a Job
I used to work for an insurance company. I headed the company’s litigation office in Jacksonville. From the company’s perspective, denying an injured person compensation could be considered a “win.” But it never felt like a victory to me. That’s why I became a personal injury attorney.
Taking a moral stance against injustice is enough in and of itself to give my work meaning, but I enjoy other aspects of my job as well. Bringing clients relief, figuring out how to solve their problems, and beating insurance companies at their own game — these are more than just perks. They’re the reason I love going to work each day.
What actually feels like a win is not denying a person compensation. A win is getting to know what makes our clients tick, what brings them joy, what scares them, and what fulfills them. This allows us to represent our clients as individuals. It allows us to tap into our empathy, a judge’s empathy and a jury’s empathy. It allows us to get to the truth, to solve the mystery, which is where justice lies. A win is knowing a person, developing empathy for that person, and then forcing an insurance company to do the right thing, whether through settlement or trial.
Awards & Affiliations
- Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust
- Middle District of Florida Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee 2020 - Present
- Florida Bar Fourth Circuit Grievance Committee ‘A’, 1999 – 2002, Member
- Florida Bar Fourth Circuit Grievance Committee ‘A’, 2000 – 2002, Chair
- The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
- American Association for Justice
- Florida Association for Justice
- University of Texas, 1982, B.A.
- Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, J.D.
Pro Bono Activities
- Youth Soccer Club Board, Pro Bono Legal Advisor
- Church Lector 2015 - 2020
- Duval County School Advisory Committee for Stanton College Preparatory School, 2006 – 2010
- Duval County School Advisory Committee for Darnell-Cookman Middle School, 2004 – 2008