AP Bio 1

Imagine you’re an Indiana 21st Century Scholar with a full-ride scholarship to Franklin College. One day, you’re speeding on the interstate. To be more specific, you’re going 100 miles an hour when the police pull you over. You’re charged with reckless driving and lose your entire scholarship after receiving a misdemeanor charge on your record. Is this fair?

These are the kinds of situations appellate attorneys analyze. In fact, the honor student in question was one of my own clients. Although no one would condone her excessive speed, was it really possible to prove that she was driving recklessly? The answer was “no” and after appealing her case, she was able to retain her scholarship and complete her education.

It’s cases like these that inspire me each and every day. Too many individuals make the mistake of accepting a criminal conviction, even when they believe it was proven by faulty evidence. This is especially true regarding misdemeanors, They think, “Oh well, it’s nothing serious.” But a conviction is a conviction. It’s going to go on your record, and every potential employer and agency that runs a credit check is going to see it. 

I want society to know that an appeal is an option, and 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