I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. My parents worked hard to see that I had a good education. Family values are important to me, as is hard work. After graduating from Spartanburg High School, I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Language, with a minor in Business. After being chosen for Jury Service during the summer break between my junior and senior years at Clemson, I decided to go to Law School. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1991. I was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year.
While in law school, I worked as a law clerk for the U. S. Attorney’s Office and then as a law clerk for defense attorney Jack B. Swerling. Both these jobs prepared me for my first job as a lawyer, an Assistant Solicitor with the Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Anderson, South Carolina. I gained valuable trial experience while an Assistant Solicitor, from 1991 until 1994, and spent a great deal of time in both the Court of General Sessions and Family Court. In 1994, I opened my law firm and have continued my trial work.
While I have a strong work ethic, I believe that a balanced life is extremely important. I don’t spend all my time practicing law. I am married and have a son. I enjoy photography, scrap booking, reading, writing and horse breeding and riding. I am a Christian and am a member of a local Methodist church.