I am proud to be a native Arkansan and lover of the Ozarks. I grew up in Morning Star, Arkansas, near the Buffalo National River, but have made Northwest Arkansas my home since attending college at the University of Arkansas. I graduated with an honors degree in English from the U of A in 2002, and completed law school at the University of Arkansas in 2005.
After law school, I worked for a brief time at Blanchard Springs Caverns as a tour guide before joining a local criminal defense firm. My practice focused mainly on criminal defense, appellate cases, and civil rights. While at the firm, I also contributed to a legal handbook and accompanied my employer on speaking engagements on both the east and west coasts. During this time, I was elected, and still serve, on the board of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
I also currently serve as president of the Buffalo River Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the Buffalo National River, and on the Committee of 100, a group dedicated to supporting the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. Both of these boards support causes near and dear to my heart, and on the weekends you will often find my daughter and me on the river or listening to folk/bluegrass music.