President, State Bar of Georgia, 2011-12
Other State Bar of Georgia roles: President-elect, 2010-11; Treasurer, 2009-10; Secretary, 2008-09; Executive Committee; Personnel Committee (Chair); Disciplinary Board Investigative Panel; Disciplinary Rules & Procedures Committee; Indigent Defense Committee; Electronic Court Filing Committee (Former Chair); Member Benefits Committee (Former Chair); Professionalism Committee; Tort & Insurance Practice Section (Former Chair); General Practice & Trial Section (Board Member); Georgia Bar Foundation (Trustee); Lawyers Foundation of Georgia (Trustee);
National Board Member, Commercial Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform (appointed by Governor Nathan Deal)
Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution
Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (Trustee).
Honors & Awards
Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1995-present (1 of 30 in Georgia).
Fellow, National College of Advocacy
"AV" (highest) rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1988-present.
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1995-present.
"Super Lawyer," Atlanta Magazine, 2004-present.
"Legal Elite," Georgia Trend Magazine, 2004-present.
"Who's Who in Law," Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2011.
Publications, Teaching & Speaking
Author: Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (Thomson Reuters West, 2010)
Frequent lecturer at Georgia and national continuing legal education programs.
"A Lawyer's Calling," Georgia Bar Journal, August 2011.
"Stewardship, Calling and Love," Georgia Bar Journal, August 2011.
"Virtuous Lawyer is Not an Oxymoron," Georgia Bar Journal, October 2011.
Multiple articles published in state and national legal journals.
Former Chair, Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute
Former Chair, Georgia Insurance Law Institute
Former Faculty, Emory Law School Trial Techniques Program.
B.A., Furman University
J.D., Emory University School of Law
National College of Advocacy program at Harvard Law School
Executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Married, two children in college.
Elder, Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Former board chair of child development center, assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop, youth soccer coach, and board member of a Christian counseling center.
National advisory board, Children's Tumor Foundation NF Endurance Team.