§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, 2007-2018 , 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
Married to the lovely Tricia Wood for over 30 years. We have three granddaughters, and one grandson. We live in Palatka.