I grew up in a small town in the desert of southwest Texas, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Baylor University in 1981, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Pittsburg State University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1985.
I have been a member of the State Bar of Oklahoma since 1986 and have practiced law in Oklahoma in law firms practicing insurance defense, commercial litigation, employment and discrimination law, and commercial real estate. I am admitted to practice in all Courts in and for the State of Oklahoma as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
I have served as legal counsel to an affordable housing nonprofit that helps develop affordable assisted living and senior care centers, and I am a past member of the Board of Advisors of Turning Point Ministries, Inc., an affordable housing nonprofit serving Edmond, Oklahoma.
From 1996 to 1998 I was a Barrister member of the William J. Holloway American Inn of Court. I am a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and its Estate Planning and Probate Section.
I now limit my practice to the areas of probate and ancillary probate, adult guardianship, trust and estate planning, elder law, real estate transactions, and business formation.