I am a Marquette attorney. I assist consumers in suing abusive debt collectors, I represent those accused of crimes, and I help protect the rights of parents and children in difficult family problems.
In 2003 I left Michigan State University to go to work for a community organization in Chicago.I had my first encounter with the Fair Debt Collection Practices act working with people who were being harassed and abused by debt collectors for a hospital. Seeing people who had been threatened with jail or losing their home for getting sick and going to a hospital made me angry. Seeing the change on their faces when an attorney told them they could take control of the situation and sue the abusive debt collectors inspired me.
I got to work on get out the vote efforts on the south side of Chicago for President Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign. I ran a voter registration campaign that registered more than 25,000 new voters and I coordinated field work for a coalition of community and labor organizations working to pass a living wage ordinance. Just before I left Chicago I was arrested supporting strikers at a Michigan Ave. hotel (I call this story “The day Barack Obama bailed me out of jail”).
I moved to Marquette to finish my bachelors degree at Northern Michigan University. I fell in love with the Marquette area, and then fell in love with a Marquette girl. I graduated from Northern, we got married and moved down to Lansing for law school. We found out that we could not stay away from Marquette and we moved back here to start my law practice.
I am a graduate of Northern Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I graduated with honors from law school and was a a senior associate editor on my school’s law review. I spent my last term of law school as an intern in the 25th Circuit Court – Family Division under the supervision of the Hon. Michael Anderegg.