I have many responsibilities to my clients, but there are two I place right at the top.
My first responsibility is to make sure you have the information and resources you need in order to make knowledgeable, well-reasoned, and well-informed decisions.
This is more than simply telling you what the law is. And it's certainly more than saying "that's just the way it's done." It's an obligation to explain things to you: the process; the alternatives; consequences, benefits and costs. It's a promise to discuss with you the practical effects of our decisions or the positions we want to maintain.
My second responsibility to you is candor. A commitment to be straightforward; to have frank and honest conversation with you about your legal matter. I will always tell you what you need to know - whether it's what you want to hear or not - because anything short of that does you no favors.
The reason I consider the above responsibilities to be my most important to you is because they are critical to your meaningful participation in the resolution of your own legal matter. While I may have the legal experience and knowledge to assist you in your matter, I cannot, and will not presume to know what's best for you or your family. You're the only person that can make that decision. And making the best one requires that you have as complete an understanding of your legal circumstances and options as is reasonably possible.
Areas of Practice
- Family 80%
- Family Mediation 20%
- Indiana, 1986
- Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana
- Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
- B.A. - 1983
Professional Associations and Memberships
- St. Joseph County Bar Association, 1986 to Present
- Indiana State Bar Association, 1986 to Present
Past Employment Positions
- St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1987 to 1990