I’m a Navy brat, said in the kindest of terms! As a child in a military family, I understand the unique challenges of military life from that perspective. Yes, moving all over the Gulf Coast, making new friends, and having dad deployed for long periods … it is what we all went through together. And, as a result, as an attorney and a person, I appreciate the sacrifice of those who have chosen to serve in the armed forces.
What does a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a degree in Law have in common? Me! I completed undergraduate work at Dartmouth College and hold a degree in Materials Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering.
Most recently, I’m a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law where I was involved in the business law and alternative dispute resolution programs. The College of Law is an established and accomplished institution in many areas and is a top 100 law school. My history and prior engineering and business experience contribute a strong foundation to my Juris Doctor, and my service to you!
Areas of Practice:
- Medicaid Planning
- Medicaid Crisis Response
- Veteran’s Benefits (A&A and SCD)
- Wills, Trusts, and Estates
- Special Needs Trusts
- Business Law
Planning for Your Future
In 2010, I established a compassionate Elder Law practice, which is focused on planning. My goal is to help you get to a place where you are comfortable with preparation for life’s transitions. This covers four main areas, including Veteran’s benefits, Medicaid planning and crisis response, Special Needs Trusts, and Estate Planning and the related wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. On December 8, 2015, I was selected as a Top Attorney in NC for Who’s Who. In late 2016 I was selected as a finalist for Entrepreneurial Attorney of the Year by Richard James. I didn’t win, but it was quite an honor!
Not everyone can afford reasonable legal representation, so when appropriate, I offer time and expertise to various programs, including LEAP (via the NC Bar Association), Legal Aid of North Carolina, the UNC Pro Bono Cancer Clinic, and other organizations. My other service time includes the Durham Downtown Rotary Club and the Gideons.
When we meet, be sure to ask about my work with Ford Motor Company in Michigan prior to locating in North Carolina. I loved working at Ford and am happy to share experiences with you!
Church matters are important too and so I spend time participating in and leading bible study groups (Bible Study Fellowships a wonderful organization!). I also enjoy sailing, photography, traveling, and, of course, friends and family! This year, my wife and I will have been married for 40 years, and we have three grown children and two grandchildren.