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I have been practicing law in both Georgia and Tennessee since 1978. I primarily practice in the areas of workers compensation, personal injury and contract litigation within the southeast Tennessee and northern Georgia areas. I was one of the first Cleveland attorneys to become certified as a civil trial specialist in 1995.

Before practicing law, I served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. I retired from the military in 1974 and and went on to finish my undergrad at Jacksonville State in Alabama. After graduating from Jacksonville State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, I entered law school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I obtained my JD.

After passing the Bar Exam in both Tennessee and Georgia, I went to work for Georgia Legal Services. I also worked for Southeast Tennessee Legal Services before going into private practice.

1975 - Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University

1977 - University of Tennessee School of Law, JD

1978 - Admitted to the Tennessee Bar

1978 - Admitted to the Georgia Bar

1978 - Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

1979 - Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

1982 - Admitted to U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia

I entered the military in 1954. Eventually, I served in Tehran, Iran in 1959-60. Later, during the years 1961-62, I became a Security Guard for the Executive Flight Detachment for President John F. Kennedy. I graduated from Army Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in 1968. In 1969, I earned my Green Beret and served as a Special Forces Officer. I also served 4½ years in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. And, I retired in 1974 as U.S. Army Captain.

Bradley County Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Charter Member and past president of Chapter 33, Special Forces Association 

National Board of Trial Advocacy

Civil Trial Specialist since 1995


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