Q. Where do you work?
A. I work in Plainfield, IL, Will, Grundy, DuPage & Cook Counties.
Q. How long have you been working in these areas?
A. Since 1997
Q. What is your main practice area?
A. My main practice is area is in business/chancery litigation.
Q. What do you find most rewarding about your work?
A. Meeting the clients and learning about their different businesses.
Q. How did you get your job?
A. Meeting people and making connections as a prosecutor – I started as a prosecutor then after two years I joined the firm I am still with today.
Q. How often are you in the courtroom?
A. I’m in court almost every day.
Q. Does what you learned at JMLS affect how you try a case?
A. Yes, JMLS was a practical school with a lot of experienced teachers who were always willing to mentor. The most important thing I learned from them was credibility – with the court, with your opponent, with your client – never lose it.
Q. If you had to sum up your career at JMLS in one sentence, what would you say?
A. You never stop learning and growing; when you reach one plateau it gives a new view to see what you can explore and conquer next.
Q. Who was your favorite professor while at JMLS?
A. The then Dean Johnston, he gave me my diploma! Those I still reflect on today: Professors Carr, Cunniff, Kandaras, Fisher, Lousin, and O’Neill – all fantastic and fun.
Q. Did you know you wanted to be a litigator when you were a student? If not, what practice area did you see yourself in?
A. Yes, my Dad was a lawyer and I worked for him in high school. He passed away when I was in the Army so we didn’t get to practice together which would have been great.
Q. What is your advice to law students interested in civil litigation?
A. Take every opportunity to do trials – free government jobs, competitions, whatever it takes. The only way to learn it is to do it- and like running, you have to keep doing it to stay in shape – there are no part-time trial lawyers in my opinion.