I subscribe to the theory that success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to practice law and blessed to have done so with and against some of the most talented minds in the profession. The successes I have achieved have all been a product of hard work, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the ability to turn challenges into opportunities.
My practice is exclusively devoted to defending insureds and insurance companies in a wide range of civil matters. I have tried a variety of cases throughout Alabama, including claims of medical malpractice, automobile negligence, contract disputes, and workers’ compensation. My work is primarily devoted to defending companies in trucking litigation, construction defect, termite infestation, identity theft and fraud, products liability, black lung/pneumoconiosis, outrage, and workers’ compensation matters. My clients look to me for guidance and advice on claims handling and pre-suit resolution of claims when appropriate and beneficial to the insured. As I enter my twentieth year of practice, I am honored to have received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level rating of professional excellence bestowed upon me by my peers in the legal profession.
I received my law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1998. Before law school, I received a B.S. from Florida State University in 1994. While at Florida State, I served as Vice President of Alumni Affairs for my fraternity and was active in all aspects of Greek and campus life. I am admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama. I am currently a member of the American and Birmingham Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. I am one of a few lawyers in Alabama to obtain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. I frequently speak on workers’ compensation, transportation issues and construction defect litigation.
Outside of work, my wife, Stacey and I, are the proud parents of two daughters, ages 16 and 10. When we are not immersed in children’s activities, we enjoy traveling together, attending concerts and playing mildly competitive tennis. I am a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and I have served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and now twice as a member of the Church’s Vestry. When asked whether I root for Alabama or Auburn, the response is simple, I go for neither, I am a fan of all things Florida State.