I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, I entered the US Army as an Infantry Officer. I graduated from Airborne School and Ranger School and led a light infantry rifle platoon around the world for three years.
I obtained my law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993. I have practiced in the areas of workers' compensation, family law, social security criminal defense and civil litigation throughout my career. I gained a lot of experience as a Clerk for a Circuit Court Judge where I saw the inner workings of the Court system.
I am a member of the following legal organizations:
Oconee County Bar
South Carolina Bar
SC Association for Justice
In addition to my legal organizations, I am also involved in the following:
Staff Judge Advocate, Lieutenant Colonel, South Carolina Army National Guard
Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Westminster Chamber of Commerce
Seneca High School Mock Trial Attorney Coach
Oconee County Museum Association Board of Directors