After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a history major in 1996, and the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University in 2000, I was admitted to the bar and began employment as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Henry in the Court of Common Pleas of Jefferson County. During my tenure, I was responsible for analyzing legal issues in a myriad of cases and applying the law for sound judicial determinations. I gained valuable experience early on in my practice by serving as Assistant Public Defender in the Court of Common Pleas of Jefferson County and as County legal counsel in CYS cases.
I have been practicing law in Clarion and surrounding counties for more than 15 years, and my office is just a “stone’s throw” from the Clarion County Courthouse. I find great satisfaction in being an independent solo practitioner, because the buck truly stops with me. In that sense, I can take the time I feel is necessary to understand my clients’ legal issues when meeting with them, and in turn, I feel I am able to make better decisions to serve their legal needs and reach a good result.
Although I possess legal expertise in the areas of law on which my practice is focused, I take pride in being personable to my clients and not taking a condescending attitude toward them and whatever legal matter with which they are dealing. I attribute that to my parents and how they raised me to have respect for others, not only in my professional life but in my private life, as well. Toward that end, and to better serve the community, I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone), a local, non-profit, organization that advocates for the victims of domestic abuse and violence.
JD from Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University