I earned my Juris Doctorate in 1985 and my Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude with distinction in Economics and honors in Liberal Arts) in 1981, both from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). I continued to send lots and lots of money to Ohio State as each of my 4 sons attended there (my daughter went to Otterbein) but still can never seem to get football tickets. I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at OSU and enjoyed undergraduate life there. Law school was not nearly as fun. Over the years, I have handled literally thousands of cases before the Ohio Industrial Commission, Court of Common Pleas, 10th District Court of Appeals, and Ohio Supreme Court. I was part of the first class of attorneys certified as workers' compensation specialists in Ohio. That was many moons ago. In 2016, I was honored to be invited by the Ohio State Bar Association to serve as a Member of the OSBA Specialty Board which develops and oversees the examination and process by which attorneys may become certified as workers' compensation specialists in Ohio.
In my free time, I have enjoyed coaching Upward Basketball and volunteering at Vacation Bible School. I'm also honored to serve as a judge at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Mediation moot court and alternative dispute/mediation competitions several times each year. An Eagle Scout myself, I've been actively involved with my sons in scouting and served for many years as assistant Cubmaster and then as assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 96.
I like hiking, camping, range shooting, and Skyline chili, not necessarily in that order. I'm also an avid reader of anything from Stephen King (his old stuff is better) to church history and theology, a political history buff and enjoy spending time and too much money restoring and driving a 1978 Toyota FJ 40 Land Cruiser. I am also an endowment member of the National Rifle Association. My wife Amy and I attend Vineyard Church of Columbus and have 5 children and one grandson.