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In the back of my mind, I always thought law school would be a good fit for me. This is due in large part to the fact that I love guiding others to understand complex situations, as well as helping them to get out of those situations. But my education led me in a different direction, and instead of pursuing law school, I wound up working in the field of computer technology for the greater part of my young adult life.

Then, something happened that I hadn’t expected — my parents started to get older. Suddenly, it became very clear that they needed someone to protect their rights and to make a plan that accounted for their needs as senior citizens.

The process was challenging on several levels. As a son, it was difficult to see my parents put in a vulnerable position. And as a non-attorney at the time, it was frustrating to feel limited in what I could do to help them through it. These challenges caused a chain reaction — they led me to perform extensive research to help my parents, and they rekindled my desire to become an attorney. Ever since that time, I have dedicated my work to guiding others through tough situations like the one I experienced and to preventing those situations whenever I can.

Many people don’t realize just how much they have to offer their families. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping those people discover that they have much more than they think to hand down to the people they love.


Looking to the Future

Since I became a lawyer, I’ve found the work to be even more rewarding than I had expected. Not only do I get to help clients out of difficult circumstances like my parents’, but I also get to prevent those same types of circumstances for others. On top of that, I get to provide reassurance to concerned family members, educate clients on their rights and options, and provide the support that I believe everyone deserves when they’re facing legal matters.

As my legal career continues, I aim to pursue three goals:

  1. Stay extremely up-to-date on regulations, events, and best practices for each of my practice areas — for this very reason, I’ve become an active member of the ElderCounsel program
  2. Expand my areas of expertise so that I can help even more people
  3. Use my knowledge and skill set to better my community — currently, I do this by donating my time to the South Madison Community Foundation and the Pendleton Business Association 

The future will always have its uncertainties, but I know for a fact that mine will include many more opportunities to help others — and I plan to take those opportunities. If you have questions about estate planning, are concerned about an aging relative, or just plain want to know more, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Education

  • J.D. - Indiana University
  • M.B.A. - Indiana University
  • B.S. - Economics, Ball State University
  • B.S. - Math, Ball State University

Professional Association & Membership

  • Member - ElderCounsel
  • Vice President - South Madison Community Foundation
  • Member - Pendleton Business Association
  • Member - Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member - Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member - Madison County Bar Association
  • Member - American Bar Association
  • Admitted to Indiana Supreme Court