How did you get started doing this type of work?
In law school I worked part time during the school year and in the summers for lawyers who practiced a wide variety of law. In my third year of law school, I participated in an intern program with the local district attorney's office in which I received permission from the state supreme court to handle real cases under the supervision of other assistant district attorneys. It was at this point that I knew criminal law was the area in which I was meant to work. I developed a real passion for criminal law and helping individuals involved in the system in various capacities. I believe that having a criminal justice system that is fair and responsive to all parties involved is an extremely important part of our society.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I represent clients in all matters of DUI and criminal defense including: misdemeanor drug offenses, domestic assault charges, assault charges, miscellaneous criminal citations, felony drug offenses, fraud and embezzlement offenses, aggravated assault and many more. I represent clients in Davidson County, Sumner County, Wilson County, Williamson County, Rutherford County and throughout Tennessee.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are many qualities to look for in a lawyer - education, experience and knowledge to name a few. It is important that you hire a lawyer not just with any law degree or any experience but one that has particular education, experience and knowledge with the type of case that you face. The substantive law varies greatly from practice area to practice area, and it is important to have a lawyer whose practice focuses on the issues you face. Also, the lawyer-relationship is key. You need to hire a lawyer you trust and with which you communicate well. You likely will be faced with making some difficult decisions in your case and it is crucial that you communicate well with your lawyer.