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Professional Background

VIRGINIA BAR ADMISSION
October 1987

 


EDUCATION

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Juris Doctorate
1987

Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, B.A., Political Science

Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude; Cadet Commander Air Force R.O.T.C., Det.607
1980

 


EMPLOYMENT

Commonwealth’s Attorney
Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Norfolk, VA.
March 2009–Present

Lead and manage one of the largest and busiest prosecutors’ offices in the state in the prosecution of all felony charges and some misdemeanor charges and in the handling of certain civil matters which include forfeiture actions against property used in connection with crimes and violations of election laws. Staff Size: nearly 100 people – about 40 prosecutors who are supported by paralegals, legal secretaries, victim/witness advocates, and other professionals. Utilize team approach for the management of cases – Drug Team, Gang Team, General Prosecution Team, Juvenile Team, Special Crimes Team, and Violent Crime Team. Oversee the Office’s Operating Budget: $5,382,600.00 in Fiscal Year 2012. Institute formal community outreach programming and initiatives like Virginia Rules with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and Community Collaboration Center with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

 

Senior Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney
Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Norfolk, VA.
June 2001–March 2009

Supervised the Juvenile and Domestic Violence Team consisting of 10 attorneys and 14 support staff members. Responsible for the prosecution of all juvenile felony cases, domestic violence cases, and all crimes occurring on Norfolk Public Schools property that originate in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Supervise the Drug team consisting of 5 attorneys and 3 staff members. Responsible for the prosecution of all DUI and felony drug cases in Norfolk. Reviewed all DUI related fatalities for prosecution determination.

 

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Virginia Beach, VA.
March 1997–June 2001

Prosecuted complex homicide, robbery, drug, and malicious wounding cases involving multiple defendants, their statements, and mutually antagonistic defenses. Drafted appellate briefs.

 

Self-Employed, Solo Practice
621 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA.
June 1994–March 1997

Defended felony and misdemeanor cases prosecuted by the Commonwealth and misdemeanors prosecuted by the City. Drafted appellate briefs. Civil litigation experience includes personal injury, domestic relations, and collections.

 

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Norfolk, VA.
August 1990–June 1994

Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases. Prosecuted an average 300+ felony cases per year. Successfully prosecuted several complex homicide cases. Some cases involved multiple defendants and third party confessions. Drafted appellate briefs. Promoted in 1992 to Career Criminal Division, an elite unit specializing in the prosecution of murder, rape, and robbery cases.

 

Staff Attorney II
Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc., Farmville, VA.
October 1987–May 1990

Represented indigent clients in court and Administrative tribunals on poverty law issues including domestic relations, public benefits, consumer, housing, and employment law. Negotiated favorable out-of-court settlements on meritorious claims. Referred needy clients to appropriate agencies for support services. Provided community legal education. Promoted to Staff Attorney II in 1989.


MILITARY SERVICE

United States Air Force
1973–1984

Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander
1980–1984

USAF Reserves and USAF ROTC
1977–1980

Aircraft Electrician
1973–1977

 


MEMBERSHIPS

Norfolk Education Foundation Board of Directors
2010–2012

AMIKids Norfolk Chair Board of Directors
2011–2012

Hampton Roads 200+ Men Board of Directors
2010–2012

Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Board of Directors
2012–2017

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