Initially on the path to pursue a degree in medicine, Will’s plans came to a halt when he heard his friends complaining about all the memorization work required in medical school. Having a mind that is geared more toward analysis and the application of knowledge, Will decided that becoming a lawyer would be a much better fit. From the outset, Will felt at home with analyzing how a particular set of circumstances fits with all relevant laws, and how that, in turn, impacts people’s lives.
What Will loves most about family law is that it provides him with the opportunity to “find the right solution, for those who know what is right,” which is exactly why he became a lawyer in the first place. As a dedicated family law attorney, he is skilled at devising creative solutions to help many clients resolve their disputes outside the courtroom. However, when families cannot reach an agreement that suits every party, he is more than willing to litigate. For Will, it doesn’t get any better winning in the courtroom, except perhaps developing a unique alternative to litigation that no one else thought of.
Will grew up in Milwaukie, OR, and had much success as a high school pole vaulter, being named state champion multiple times. His pole vaulting ventures would not end there, and he would move to Northwest Jonesboro, Arkansas, to train under several Olympians. Will remained a fierce pole vaulting competitor, participating in competitions all over the world until he was nearly 30. During that time, he was also able to obtain a master’s degree.
Will is a family man and looks up to his own mother. As he thinks back on his childhood, he realizes that his mom was teaching him family law firsthand, even though that was not her intention. Having seen his mom go through a divorce, he understands the emotional turmoil and financial difficulties that come during the divorce process. He also saw that there is a better future that awaits on the other side. As a family lawyer, Will’s aim is to help people navigate their family legal issues to get to that something better.
It’s not all hard work, however. He also likes to relax by working on upgrading his ’88 Jeep and cooking up a tasty barbeque. He likes to say that if he could live in any other era, it would be the 1920s because “they had sweet suits!”
- Arkansas State University, BS in Public Relations and Journalism
- University of Denver, JD
- Arkansas State University, MS in Mass Communications
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