I was admitted to practice law throughout the state of Indiana in 1998. As a general practice lawyer, I have experience in both criminal and civil law. I practiced law for over 14 years and built a successful private practice before serving as a judicial officer in Marion County, Indiana for 3.5 years. As a judicial officer, I was assigned to the Arrestee Processing Center (APC) and major felony drug court where I focused my efforts on problem solving and reducing recidivism through offender education efforts. Returning to private practice in October, 2016, I expecs to incorporate the lessons I learned from the judiciary in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of my client’s cases. I have major felony trial & appellate advocacy experience. While many lawyers will spend an entire career and never have the opportunity to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court, I've done so three (3) times. Those decisions have helped shape Indiana law in the areas of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator offenses. In 2013, I retired as a field grade officer in the U.S. Army Reserves after serving for 25 years. Originally enlisting as a private out of high school in 1988, I was later commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police and completed the U.S. Army’s Airborne school. I served as a commander of the 384th MP HHC in Fort Wayne, IN, before transferring to the Judge Advocates General (JAG) Corps in 2000 where I served the remainder of my Army career as a military lawyer. In 2003, I deployed to Iraq as a JAG officer with the 800th Military Police Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in the Iraqi Ministry of Justice where I served as the “ombudsman” for juvenile and female detainees. I earned the Bronze Star during my deployment for a variety of accomplishments.