I am a small-town boy from Talladega, Alabama. I was born in 1965, so I’m either a young baby-boomer or an old Gen-Xer. After 12 years in Alabama’s mediocre public schools, I was lucky enough to score scholarship money to attend Birmingham-Southern College, where I acquired my interest in things political, and particularly the politics of Alabama. I majored in political science and worked as a researcher for a political polling firm run by my major professor and first great mentor, Natalie Davis. Studying liberal arts at BSC taught me to think critically. I attended law school at Alabama, but I remain an Auburn fan (see the critical thinking in action?).
I am now a practicing trial lawyer in Birmingham who represents plaintiffs. In my 25 years of practicing law, I have handled civil cases on both the plaintiff and the defense sides involving employment discrimination, personal injuries, business disputes, environmental contamination, class actions, and defamation.
My wife and I have three large dogs and two cats. You will occasionally see advocacy for animals on this blog. I am also a contributor on animal rights issues for Animal Advocates of Alabama, an advocacy website run by two good friends and veteran journalists, Pulitzer Prize winner Joey Kennedy and his wife Veronica Kennedy.
Reasons to read what I have to say: I’ve never held office so I have nothing political I’ve done in the past I will feel like justifying in this blog. I have no desire to seek elected office. I am beholden to no one. I owe no political debts. No one is paying me to write these words. I don’t have a dog in the hunt. As I stated in my introductory blog post, I am an objective observer except possibly on matters touching on plaintiffs vs. big companies. My only goals in writing this blog are to share certain beliefs about Alabama’s political system that I have held for years, to comment on political matters that make a difference to Alabamians, and, if I do this right, to enlighten a few people.
Alabama is a great state. It deserves a better government.