I’m from Douglasville, Georgia.  I attended UGA and was a First Honor Graduate, receiving a degree in Banking and Finance in 2000.  I was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship to law school at UCLA (not bad for a kid from Douglasville) and earned my law degree in 2003.  My luck got even better when I met Erin in California. 

After living and working in Los Angeles for several years, I was able to convince Erin to move back to Georgia with me.  Although I would be working in Buckhead, we wanted to live in a city that was in line with our progressive beliefs.  We wanted to live where the local government was small but dynamic, like those in Santa Monica and Laguna Beach, our favorite California cities.  And we wanted to live in a place where we wouldn’t feel obligated to send our children to private school.  Obviously, Buckhead was none of these things.  With the help of good friends and a great realtor, we discovered Decatur.  It had everything we were looking for.  We bought our house at 1038 South Candler in early 2006 and have lived here ever since. 

I am a trial attorney specializing in business disputes.  Some people don’t think much of my profession.  I think it’s awesome.  I get to use my knowledge, and my communication and negotiation skills, to solve problems.  Accomplished and highly intelligent people put their livelihoods and their businesses in my hands because they have complete confidence in my ability to get things done.  And they pay me too!  The skills I use on a daily basis will help me be a great advocate for my friends and neighbors and, together, we can accomplish the work necessary to make Decatur even greater.

I have experience in corporate finance and capital markets, and my understanding of these areas will be useful in handling issues like CSD’s proposed $75 million bond referendum.  I am also a business owner, having founded my own law firm in 2011.  Anyone who says that city government “should be run like a business” clearly doesn’t understand either, but they certainly have a basic similarity—namely, the need to maintain growth and investment in new resources while carefully managing cash outflows.  I have a good understanding of how to manage these dual goals.  By virtue of my job, I am also very familiar with what happens when you can’t (hint—bad things). 

Erin is a proud graduate of Kent State University (the Golden Flashes, for those not familiar with the mediocrity that is MAC football) who moved to Southern California after graduation.  Erin is a teacher.  She began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the country, and later taught for years at Dresden Elementary in the DeKalb County School System.  Unfortunately, that experience taught us what happens when a school system focuses its energies on building a bloated administrative infrastructure instead of on teachers and students.  Erin left teaching for a couple of years to care for Drew, but is currently helping out part time at the Turning Sun School in East Lake.  Before having Drew, Erin and I terrorized the local Team Trivia establishment as “The Go Team.” 

Drew is two.  She thinks David Bowie’s “Magic Dance” from the Labyrinth soundtrack is the height of human achievement.  She attends the Turning Sun School and will matriculate to Winnona Park Elementary in a few years.