§April 1, 2002-present, Private Pratice, Palatka, FL---felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, DUI, divorce, custody, personal injury and medical malpractice.
§July, 1994-March 31, 2002. Assistant State Attorney, Palatka, FL---Prosecuted thousands of cases, and personally conducted well over 120 jury trials. Cases included first-degree murder cases (some involving the death penalty), habitual offenders, white collar crimes, DUI’s, etc. PutnamCounty Deputy Division Chief, 1998-2002. Received “Top Gun” Award in 1999 for most jury trials that year.
§Assistant Public Defender, Palatka, FL---Felony Criminal Defense Practice. Tried approximately 100 jury trials. Promoted to Capital Division in 1992, providing criminal defense work in first-degree murder cases in Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
§ Associate, Kent, Ridge & Crawford, P.A., Jacksonville, FL.---General commercial litigation, both State and Federal practice.
§ Assistant Corporate Counsel, Guarantee Group, Inc., Jacksonville, FL---General corporate legal work for a group of insurance companies. Areas included corporate, insurance, and contract work.
§ Law Clerk, Zisser, Robison, Spohrer & Wilner, P.A., Jacksonville, FL Legal Research in family, criminal, civil defense litigation.
Additional Legal Activities
1999, 2007-present, President, Putnam County Bar Association.
Member, Bar Grievance Committee, Seventh Circuit, 2003-2007
Member, Putnam County Bar Association
Member, St. Johns County Bar Association
1987-1988, Jacksonville Bar Association (also served on that Association’s Ethics Committee)
1984-1986, University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL. Graduated with Juris Doctorate Degree. Passed Florida Bar exam in November, 1986. 1980-1982, University of Florida. Graduated with Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Liberal Arts, with Major in Psychology.
1978-1980, Florida Junior College of Jacksonville, FL. Graduated with Associate of Arts Degree.
Member, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Member, Elks Club, Lodge 1232, Palatka
Member, Board of Directors, Stewart-Marchman Behavioral Health
Married to the lovely Tricia Wood for over 30 years. We have three granddaughters, and one grandson. We live in Palatka.