I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where my mother worked for lawyers to help our family. All I've ever wanted to be was a small town attorney, helping individuals and families just like the lawyers my mom worked for when I was growing up. I've been a trial attorney for almost 30 years, and my brother and I have been partners in our own lawfirm for just that long.
I handle upwards of 100 cases every year and have averaged at least 2 jury trials every year for many years. I have represented individuals charged with OWI and driving offenses, major and minor drug charges, theft, robbery, burglary, forgery, fraud, all types of sex crimes and murder. In addition to my private practice, I have been selected by three of the courts in Hamilton County Indiana to represent indigent defendants.
I am also a plaintiff's attorney and have litigated automobile negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases.
One of the things I enjoy most is using my business education, I have an M.B.A. in addition to my law degree, to advise and represent businesses and business persons in the in a wide variety of legal matters starting with business formation, business contract preparation, review and defense, and the dissolution or sale of a business. I have litigated many business disputes and have extensive experience defending both employees and employers in disputes involving business employment and non-competition agreements.
Finally, I practice bankruptcy law in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. One of the first things I did as a young attorney was handle a contested bankruptcy proceeding for a young contractor who had made some mistakes. I helped him file banrkuptcy and defended him in a lawsuit filed in the bankruptcy proceeding by a creditor who did not believe his debt should be discharged. I enjoyed the case so much that I have stayed active in the practice of bankruptcy law and enjoy representing individuals and businesses who file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions.