Aside from when my fiancée agreed to marry me, my best memory is from 2007. I had competed in the Valparaiso University Moot Court Competition and won the award for best appellate brief. Who presented me the award? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
I had the life-changing opportunity to sit with Justice Scalia to talk about the legal profession. He said I not only have a duty to myself to be ethical in all my practice, but that I owed that same duty to the bar, the entire legal profession, and every individual case I represent before the court. It was my job to read, apply, and effectively argue the law, nothing else. That conversation was the catalyst for my legal career.
I love practicing law. As a constitutional originalist, I believe the Constitution should be interpreted exactly as the framers intended. My passion drives me to always continue learning, and I strive to become a legal scholar.
My passion for the law started very early. Growing up in a hard-working family, I’d often find myself playing under my father’s conference room table at the feet of lawyers and accountants. I was told the law was a great career and a way I could always protect myself and the ones I love. I quickly learned as a lawyer I could do even more, protecting and serving as the voice for other people and even entire communities. The law gives me the chance to serve others, helping them protect what they love. That’s what drives me.
During law school I served as an intern with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and immediately after earning my law school degree, was hired as an Assistant State’s Attorney in McHenry County. As a prosecutor, I earned a reputation as someone who was tough on crime, holding criminals accountable for their actions, especially violent and domestic offenders. This is a stark contrast to what we see from politicians like Kim Foxx, who are refusing to prosecute violent crimes, making our neighborhoods less safe, while doing favors for their political allies. Meanwhile, non-violent offenders rot in prison.
Then in 2013 I founded my own legal practice in Barrington, where I have represented clients in criminal, civil, and domestic relations matters. As a defense attorney, I always protect my clients’ constitutional rights and ensure the facts of every case are effectively heard so the judge can make an accurate and fair ruling. I’m known for being guided by a strong moral compass, refusing to represent individuals charged with violent crimes against women or children where there is clear evidence of potential abuse or maltreatment.
As a domestic relations and civil litigation attorney, I have acquired the invaluable tools to be an active listener, assess facts, and advise clients as to any applicable law. I am also attuned to the dynamics involved with domestic relations court procedure, including initial case management, discovery, evaluations, child protections, motion practice, and hearing. My litigation experience has put me in a uniquely qualified position to understand the procedural intricacies involved in both prosecuting and defending criminal matters, as well as litigating civil matters from both sides of the aisle.
These experiences have shown me the improvements that are needed in our court system, and that’s why I’m running for Cook County Judge. I want to help improve the system, especially how it handles veterans, mental health concerns, and addiction.