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When you look at my work history, it might not be exactly what you’d expect that led me to become an attorney. I went down quite a few different career paths in my search for the best way to help others, and with each one, my purpose became a little bit clearer. As I look back on my work experience before attending law school, I can now see how each experience helped to shape me into the person and attorney I am today.

My journey started in the steel mills of Northwest Indiana, where I worked from mid-high school to early college. In that role, I came to admire and respect the work ethic of those who labored for a living. Now, I think my appreciation for hard work makes me fight just a little bit harder for my clients. Next, I left the university and joined the Chicago Police Department. I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of being an officer so much that after a year and a half, I went back to school and got my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice — all the while continuing to work full-time as an officer.

It was around this time that I started thinking about going to law school. You see, as much as I loved being a police officer, I realized I wanted to have a more active role in affecting the ultimate outcome of cases. It would be a few more years before I would make it to law school because it was at this point that I went into the Army. After basic training and starting a master's in criminal justice, I decided to apply for law school and was accepted into the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Listening to what someone has experienced and what they are going through is a powerful experience for both my clients and myself.


Work with Meaning

From the moment I started practicing law, I knew I had found the right fit. I was made to stand up for those who have been hurt, neglected, and mistreated.

When people come to me, they’re in pain, and they’re overwhelmed by the stress of their situation. I get to take each emergency as it comes, show the client that all hope is not lost, help them understand and take control of their situation, and ultimately get things back on track. I cannot think of a more satisfying way to help people.

Outside the Office

Outside of my work, I like to put my skills and interests to good use for the sake of my community. That’s why I serve on various local boards and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. Recently I even had the opportunity to provide emergency disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Irma. I am also an avid outdoorsman who loves everything from landscaping and horseback riding to sailing and scuba diving.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

  • United States District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division

  • United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Juris Doctor - Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - University of Illinois at Chicago

Languages Spoken

  • English

  • Spanish

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association)

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association

  • Lake County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and former President - Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills Chamber of Commerce

  • Board Member - United Way of Lake County

  • Board Member - American Lung Association of Lake County, Illinois

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Illinois Community High School District 128 Board of Directors