I am a graduate of Palatka High School and the seventh generation of a Putnam County family. After graduating as Palatka’s first National Merit Scholar, I attended St. Johns River Community College and obtained my B.A. with honors and J.D. from the University of Florida. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979.
I am passionate about equal access to the court system; and served indigent clients in South Florida through the Public Defender’s Office and Florida Rural Legal Services. I have been of-counsel to the Guardian ad Litem program, and also served for five years as a guardian ad litem myself. I practiced law in Putnam County for a decade before moving to South Florida, where I was senior partner at a five-attorney firm in Stuart. Since 2015, I have been providing legal services to my home town of Putnam County, as I did throughout the 1980s.
I enjoy serving my community through Rotary, volunteering at Legal Services, helping my church’s homeless ministries, and educating others about the necessity for adequate pre-planning for end of life and inheritance issues.
I have extensive experience in the practice of law, and now focus my practice on probate, estate planning, and real estate to serve my clients.