Address: 55 Fifth Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
Born: Winter Haven, FL
Title: Attorney at Law
Practice Areas: Family Law; Divorce; Child Custody; Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Federal Criminal Law; Business Litigation
Admitted: 1999, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2005, U.S. Supreme Court
Education: University of West Florida (B.A., 1996); Nova Southeastern University (J.D., 1998)
Bar Association Memberships: The Florida Bar (Member: Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, 2004-2012; Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 2001-2007; Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, 2011-2017); Moderator: National Business Institute CLE – As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation; Constitutional Judiciary Committee 2017; Willson American Inn of Court (1999-); Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (2010-2014); Lakeland Bar Association; Executive Committee, YLD Board of Governors (2007-2008); Chairman, By-Laws Committee, YLD Board of Governors (2007-2008); YLD Sergeant of Arms; Florida Bar Board of Governors (2010-2011); Tenth Circuit Professionalism Committee (2013-2014); Polk County Family Law Bar Association (Secretary, 2003; Treasurer, 2004; Vice President, 2005); Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (1999-2011); Young Lawyers Division Liaison to The Florida Bar Foundation (2005). Recipient: Family Law Book Award. Speaking engagements: Moderator, Basic Corporate Law, Fla. Bar, 2010; Ethical Collection of Attorney Fees, 2009. Publications: Article – “New Considerations Regarding Attorney’s Fees, Pleadings, and Disclosures in Family Law Cases”; “Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Florida”, 2012 ed., Aspatore Books, (leading lawyers on working with clients, creating an effective strategy, and handling complex cases).
Reported Cases: Garnett v. Garnett, 765 So.2d 946 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000); Williams v. Williams, 766 So.2d 1127 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000); Vargas v. Vargas, 816 So.2d 238 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2002); Willis v. Willis, 818 So.2d 530 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002); Pitt v. Benzenhafer, 843 So.2d 1021 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003); Buchanan v. Buchanan, 932 So.2d 270 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005); Gilileo v. State, 843 So.2d 1021 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006); Rogers v. Rogers, 12 So.3d 288 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009); Baker v. Baker, 35 So.3d 76 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010); Rowe v. Rodriguez-Schmidt, 51 So. 3d 1238 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011); Rowe v. Rodriguez-Schmidt, 89 So.3d 1101 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012).