He is a life long resident of Indiana. After graduating from St. Joseph High School in South Bend he went on to attend Northwestern University where he played football and received his B.A. in Political Science. From there he received his law degree from Valparaiso University.
He has served on the board of governors for the St. Joseph County Bar Association since 1995 and was President from September 2001 to June 2003. He has been the Attorney for the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District since 1991 where he helped implement a county wide recycling program. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. He is also a Certified Family Law Specialist – Family Law Certification Board and a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator. He has been practicing law for 24 years and primarily focusing families.