I have over 25 years in civil trial practice with an emphasis in personal injury and wrongful death, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, trucking negligence, nursing home negligence and abuse, medical and hospital malpractice, product liability, False Claims Act/Qui Tam/Whistleblower cases, insurance disputes and class actions.
I am among a very small minority of attorneys who are dually board certified in civil trial law by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Florida Bar. Board certification requires real trial experience and participation in a minimum number of jury trial and contested hearings as the lead attorney. A prerequisite to board certification of is documented courtroom trial experience. In addition to trial level litigation, I have handled dozens of appeals and know how to preserve error to be corrected on appeal when necessary. I am fully capable of handling the appeal of a case, as well as the original trial.
My core belief is that clients with serious injuries or death cases deserve a lawyer with real trial experience. My mission and the mission of our law firm is to strive to assure that the clients get what they deserve to the fullest extent of the law.
Florida Bar, State Bar of Georgia, Tennessee State Bar, All Florida, Georgia and Tennessee state courts, U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, B.S. 1981; Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. 1985
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Association for Justice, Florida Justice Association, National Board of Trial Advocacy. American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow of ABOTA Foundation, Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. Orange County Bar Association. National Trial Lawyers Association. Product Liability Trial Lawyers Association. Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Appointed to Advertising Committee of The Florida Bar, Member 2010-2013, Vice Chair 2013-2014, Chair 2014-2015
Honors and Awards
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the American Bar Association accredited National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Florida Bar. Board Certified Civil Pretrial Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Advocacy; Board Certified Civil Pretrial Advocate by National Board of Civil Pretrial Advocacy; Member, American Board of Trial Advocates; Member Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers; The National TrialLawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Member - Florida Bar Advertising Committee 2010-2014; Nominee-Florida 9th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission 2009, 2013; Nominee-Florida 5th DCA Judicial Nominating Commission 2010, 2014; Florida Trend Magazine Florida Legal Elite. Superlawyer - Law & Politics Magazine; Top Lawyer - Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine; Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Top Trial Lawyers In America; Top Lawyers In Orlando-Wall Street Journal; Top Lawyers In Florida - Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine; Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida - American Society of Legal Advocates