B.A. International Studies University of South Alabama
Concentrations Spain/Western Europe and International Business
J.D. Law University of Cincinnati

Bar Admissions

1995 State of Ohio
1996 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
1999 United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Experience

1995-present Sole practitioner -practice focuses on -immigration client base work including trial defense work and extensive appellate work before BIA and as necessary Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal; assigned criminal appeals from Ohio
Appellate Courts, and criminal appointment work; litigation/subrogation cases
1993-present Travelers Aid, later IFRC, then with Legal Aid Society serving low income immigrants for their immigration legal
needs. Started as law school clerk.
1995-1996 Public Defender Appointments in Hamilton County, later assigned to regular rotation at Drug Court
1996-1997 Hamilton County Public Defender, assigned to Child Support division, representing and defending respondents in Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court; also had rotation in Juvenile Court representing and defending juveniles on
criminal/delinquency charges.

Other Experiences of Note

2000 Briefed, argued and won 6th Circuit Court of Appeals case Mamadou Amadou v. INS
2002 Taught Immigration Law course to paralegals at Mt. St. Joseph’s College
2004 published article “Crime and Punishment” in Clermont County Bar Journal
2009 Presented CLE at Ohio AILA’s annual seminar regarding representing low income clients in need of waivers
  Numerous presentations to lawyers and community organizations teaching
Immigration Law seminars, including the The Cincinnati Lawyer’s Club, the
Northeast Lawyers Association, and the Clermont County Bar Association.

Professional Associations

1995-present AILA (American Immigration Lawyer’s Association), including service as Treasurer of the Ohio Chapter of AILA, and later as Secretary of Ohio Chapter of AILA
1995-present Cincinnati Bar Association
Currently Vice-Chair of Immigration Law Committee
2009- present Warren County Bar Association
2011-present Scioto County Bar Association


1990 Married, and wife and I now have two boys, ages 17 and 15, and one girl, age 11
2008 - present Part time local pastor of Red Lion United Methodist Church