1979 – Arkansas Tech University, BA with High Honors in History and Political Science
1982 – University of Arkansas, School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Training and Experience as Mediator
I became a certified mediator in the State of Arkansas in 2003, after completing a 40 hour training course for general mediation and a 20 hour course for domestic mediations, both sponsored by the Arkansas Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. Since then, I have maintained my certification by attending continuing education courses and by being approved yearly by the ADR Commission.
Over the past 10 years, I have conducted over 100 mediations in western Arkansas and in eastern Oklahoma. The subject matter has varied from divorce (including child custody and asset division), personal injuries, construction, contracts, probate and other legal matters. Many have been court ordered, but several have been because the litigants and/or their attorneys thought a mediated solution was a better alternative to a court battle.
Training and Experience as an Attorney
I began practicing law in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1982, as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Sebastian and Crawford Counties. In 1987, I went into private practice with a firm in Fort Smith, and in 1990, I opened my own law firm. My practice would be classified as the ‘general practice of law’, in that I handle divorces, personal injury matters (mainly for plaintiffs, but some defense work), contract matters, criminal defense, and other types of cases in which I am the attorney for individuals and small businesses, not insurance companies or large corporations
I am currently 56 years old. I have been married for 32 years, with one child. I am a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Greenwood, Arkansas, where I teach the auditorium Bible class on Sunday morning. I am a former board member of STEPS, Inc., Fort Smith, Arkansas, a child advocacy organization.