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In 1981, I accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. While teaching full-time, I completed law school at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in June of 1986. After receiving tenure and a promotion to an Associate Professor, I made the unusual move of leaving the university and returned to Florida to practice law.
I got my feet wet trying jury trials for the State Attorney’s Office of the Tenth Judicial Circuit. In 1988, I went into private practice doing both defense and plaintiff litigation. In 1994, I was elected County Judge in Polk County, Florida, and in February of 1998, I was appointed to the Circuit Court by the late Governor Lawton Chiles.
During my years on the bench, I served in each division of the Circuit and was Administrative Judge in each of the various divisions. I retired from the bench in 2013 and immediately began my new career in mediations and arbitrations.
- Contract Disputes
- Divorce (High Asset)
- Elder Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Homes
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Sexual Harassment
- Wrongful Death
I worked full-time while attending undergraduate school at the University of Central Florida and graduated in 1975. I also worked full-time and received a Master’s Degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in 1980.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Lakeland Bar Association
- Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
- Former member of Florida Circuit Court Conference
- Former chairman of Tenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
- Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
- Former board member of Alliance for Independence
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