AP Bio 1

Imagine you have a full-ride scholarship. One day, you’re speeding on the interstate. To be more specific, you’re traveling more than 20 miles per hour over the limit. You’re charged with reckless driving and risk loosing your entire scholarship if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.  Interestingly, the only evidence of speeding is the word of the officer who did not have a radar gun.  Is this sufficient evidence of reckless driving?

These are the kinds of questions brought to appellate attorneys. In fact, a student in a similar situation was one of my own clients. No one condones reckless behavior.  The question was whether the State had evidence of conduct that could be classified as criminal. We believed the answer was “no” and were able to reach an agreement that allowed her to admit an infraction and retain her scholarship.

It’s cases like these that inspire me each and every day. Everyone has the right to an appeal, but many people make the mistake of accepting unjust or improper outcomes without a fight. In a criminal case, an appellate attorney can be appointed at public expense, and in civil cases you should at least consult with an appellate attorney to see if an appeal might be a viable option.  

I want everyone to know that an appeal is an option.  No one is is required to accept an inequitable or incorrect judgment without a fight.  I’ve dedicated my career to helping people attain the clarity and justice they deserve. 


That’s why I work to advocate for the people of Indiana — whether they’re facing a misdemeanor charge, a divorce, an injury, or any other life-altering circumstance. Often, the law in practice is different than what’s written in the law books, and my goal is to show my clients how this discrepancy affects them. Furthermore, I aim to show my clients that an appeal for their case could affect the outcomes of other cases down line. In essence, appeals tell the world what the law really is, and they impact society at large. 

You see, we can’t all cure cancer or invent the internet, but everyone can do their part to improve the community as a whole. When I was deciding what type of profession to pursue, I thought, “What influences behavior more than the law?” I like that my work has a direct connection to the world around me, and if I can help shape the law in positive ways, I feel as though I’m doing my part to better society. 

How It All Began

Still, you may wonder how I got into appeals in the first place. After all, many attorneys want nothing to do with them because they require a lot of preparation and they’re tough to win. But my perspective is different. When I was younger, I was a deputy attorney general who handled hundreds of appeals before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. Many of these cases involved complex questions and established new laws in this state. This experience taught me to mature quickly and recognize what a significant effect the law had on people’s lives. Since that time, I have maintained an interest in molding the law, and few things do so more effectively than appeals. 

I don’t mind the tedious work that goes into preparing an appellate brief because I like to write and enjoy a good intellectual challenge. My work has also helped me grow as an individual. Appellate cases open you up to complexities of the world and teach you to not judge people based on your first impression of them. They also instill a vast amount confidence in you because no appellate attorney could survive without it. 

Though, more than confidence, it is my family that keeps me going. My wife and kids mean the world to me. I spend much of my free time coaching sports and volunteering at my children’s schools as much as possible. I’m a lifelong Hoosier, and I truly cherish the sense of community throughout Indiana. Although I currently live in Carmel, I consider myself fortunate to be able to be able to help others across the state through my legal practice. 

Education

  • Juris Doctor — Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics — Ball State University