Family is at the heart of everything I do. My wife and I are raising two terrific children here in Overland Park. We have been fortunate enough to be involved in their very busy lives – sports, scouts, debate, choir, academic honors, service work and church youth groups – they keep us constantly in motion. We are also very close to my parents, my sister and her husband, and my wife’s family.
I also like to be involved in my community. Currently I work with high schoolers through our church. My involvement includes teaching Sunday school, serving as an occasional chaperone for church lock-ins, and spending a week each summer as an adult volunteer for a high school service trip. Oh, and I help out on lots of pancake fundraisers!
Previously I have volunteered with the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and a local Community Mental Health Center. I have participated in walks for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Campaign, Food Allergy awareness, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other causes. I am a past president of a local Kiwanis club, and past chairperson of the Douglas county chapter of the American Red Cross.
I started practicing law more than twenty years ago. One of the first thing my bosses did after I started my career was to convince me to sign up to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. I served on a panel of attorneys who agreed to take substantially reduced fees and provide defense for those who needed our help. Eventually I even was able to occasionally fill in as a temporary judge (known as a judge pro tem) on child support and traffic matters. This was a fantastic way to give back to the community and earn some very valuable courtroom experience. I was also able to see how directly the court system can impact someone’s life.
All of these experiences have shaped my approach to divorce and family law. My love of family helps me understand and appreciate the emotions my clients feel in these cases. My experience in the courtroom helps me to know what challenges my clients face. My involvement with charitable organizations strengthens my desire to look for better outcomes. As a result, I work to find amicable solutions whenever possible. I look at each case as a puzzle to be solved, rather than a fight to be started. I know the court is available whenever we cannot find the solution. But I want my clients to feel they have every opportunity to maintain control over the decisions which impact their lives. This is why I say “Divorce can be civil law, not civil war.”SM