Putting My Experience
My family moved to Maitland, FL from Louisville, KY back in 1978, only a few months shy of my 2nd birthday. I had the privilege of attending Lake Sybelia and Dommerich Elementary Schools, Maitland Middle, and Edgewater High School. For people like me, who grew up in the Orlando area in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, we remember an idyllic upbringing in a small town, mostly surrounded by orange groves. It was a place where neighbors knew each other by name, kids rode bikes with their friends on great adventures, and we all enjoyed the smell of the Merita bread factory on I-4 or shared a delicious meal at Ronnie’s Delicatessen. My parents lived in that same house in Maitland Groves for 43 years. After high school, I earned an undergraduate degree in advertising at Boston University, a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and then practiced commercial litigation in New York City for seven years.
Ultimately, I returned home in 2014 to spend time with family, get out of the cold, and live at the slower pace that I knew Orlando offered. After passing the Florida Bar Exam, I was lucky enough to be hired as an Assistant State Attorney for Orange County by the Honorable Jeffrey Ashton (continuing to work for Aramis Ayala thereafter). Over the course of three years, I was able to help my community by convicting those who broke our laws and collective trust, from misdemeanors to crimes punishable by up to life in prison. I sought to protect my family, friends and neighbors from those that intended to do our community harm, and it was the honor of my life. For the past five years, I have run a private law firm exclusively practicing criminal defense in over a dozen counties throughout central Florida. That experience has further developed my legal skills and provided insight into how other State Attorney’s Offices handle public safety.