I am proud to be the Longest-Standing Board Certified Expert in Workers' Compensation Law in Volusia County Engaged in Private Practice. I have litigated over 50 contested trials and assisted hundreds of clients through administrative adjudications.
I am proud to be an attorney who represents plaintiffs. I began practicing law in 1995 with the goal of representing clients who needed someone to equalize the playing field. At that time, I practiced predominantly plaintiffs’ employment discrimination. Since then, I have developed a practice which also includes litigating workers’ compensation claims, social security claims, civil cases, personal injury cases, and wrongful death claims.
How my practice evolved is a long story which I will try to keep relatively short. I was born in Pennsylvania and, since the age of five, have been a Floridian. I grew up in Lakeland, Florida. I had an innate skill set in math and science, probably due in part to my chemical engineer father, but I strived to develop my research and writing skills, with both genetic predisposition and lots of continuing guidance from my mother, who is a professor of English. I grew up riding my bicycle around the outskirts of town, playing my drums, running a lawn service, and, in the slow winters, working in restaurants.
I was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Florida in 1988 and headed to Gainesville to pursue my degree. I went to college with an open mind hoping to decide what my career goal would be as I learned more about academic studies and life. Ultimately, while I was very interested in science and medicine, I was also fascinated with political science and finance. While most pick one from the top contenders, I picked two areas of focused study. I received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in finance within four years of my enrollment.
During my undergraduate studies, I worked for the Soil and Water Science department and, ultimately, oversaw a soil hydrology lab with fulltime responsibilities while attending school. I enjoyed my dirt lab so much that I thought I’d like to stay in Gainesville for graduate school. The University of Florida welcomed me at the Levin College of Law, where I studied a substantial amount of environmental law, knowing working on the rewarding end of that area would typically involve pro bono endeavors. I kept the lab intact, kept law school in order, and, for the last two years of law school, clerked for the reputable firm Stripling, McMichael and Stripling. That is where I learned I should be a lawyer representing plaintiffs.
I was offered a job in Daytona Beach helping those who suffered from discrimination in the workplace. Soon after, I joined a practice litigating workers’ compensation, social security disability, and personal injury cases, for a decade, during which I became a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation attorney in 2003. In 2007, my partner, Aaron Delgado, and I started a new firm which led to additional, diverse, civil litigation. We’ve grown to a crew of eight, and I am proud to say I’d try a case with any and all of them. I’ve litigated over fifty contested trials and assisted hundreds of clients through administrative adjudications.
When I am not litigating, I prefer to be bicycling, kayaking, boating, hiking or swimming, but I do save time to be a member of the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Daytona Beach, the Vice Chair of the Halifax Heritage Byway and Trails CAG, a board member of the Halifax Historical Society and a board member of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Board Certified as an Expert in Workers' Compensation Law by the Florida Bar
Florida Bar (1995)
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida (1995)
Florida Bar Association
Volusia County Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
President (2014), Vice President (2012-2014), and Member: Florida National Employment Lawyers Association
Former Chairman and Member: Historic Preservation City of Daytona Beach (20 Years)
Vice-Chairman: Halifax Heritage Byways & Trails CAG
Trustee: Halifax Historical Society