Attorney Profile

Although many lawyers claim to be trial attorneys, not all can say they have tried a significant number of cases to a jury as lead counsel.  During my career I have conducted jury trials in criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to dangerous felonies, including DWIs, felony drug cases, assaults, domestic assaults, serious sex crimes, stealing, manslaughter and second and first-degree murders.

I’ve contributed to the law profession at large by writing for the Missouri Bar CLE program and teaching advanced criminal defense topics at numerous training seminars.  I also served as the Chairman of the sex crimes defense committee with the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and lead the development and publication of a significant practice aid written as a resource for use by attorneys who practice in this highly difficult and specialized area of the law.

In 2017, I was honored to be named Defender of Distinction, the highest honor that can be bestowed in the State of Missouri by the Public Defender System, and a reflection of my dedication and skill in the defense of people accused of a crime.

Education

Juris Doctor, St. Louis University School of Law, 2004

Notes and Comments editor, St. Louis University Public Law Review, 2003-2004

Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees

Licensed to practice law in Missouri, 2004

Experience

District Defender for Lincoln and Pike Counties

Thirteen years experience as a criminal defense attorney

Experienced trial attorney

Publications

Inciting Terrorism on the Internet – an application of Brandenburg to terrorist websites. St. Louis University Public Law Review, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 2004

Search and Seizure Issues. DWI Law and Practice, MoBar CLE Publications, Second edition, 2014

A Practice Aid – Defending Sex Crimes. Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017

Awards

Excellence Award, Missouri State Public Defender Commission, 2006

“Getting in the way of Injustice" Award, Missouri State Public Defender, 2014

Defender of Distinction, Missouri State Public Defender Commission, 2017