About Paul

Paul and his Dad on their way to Paul's law school graduation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

My experience as the son of two parents with big health challenges is what led me to the work I do today.   My mother has wrestled with Parkinson’s Disease for more than two decades.  My father suffered a major stroke in May 2001.

Over time, as I learned a little more about how to meet their needs and as I grew into assuming more responsibilities (for my father in particular), I also learned that there were  entire legal specialties devoted to serving people whose needs were quite similar to theirs.  I soon found that I could pursue a career in the areas of elder law and the related area of special needs planning.  I had a great opportunity to turn some of the biggest challenges in my family’s experience into a source of strength and direction.

While at Georgia State University College of Law, I gained invaluable experience interning at the two senior-oriented divisions of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  Atlanta Legal Aid’s Georgia Senior Legal Hotline trained me to provide quick advice on a broad range of legal issues facing aging Georgians, from consumer matters to landlord-tenant disputes to questions about public benefits.  The Senior Citizens Law Project  trained me to provide more in-depth advocacy for a smaller number of clients, whose cases often involved probate issues, guardianship, Medicare, and Social Security benefits.

After graduation from GSU Law, I was chosen from dozens of applicants nationwide as one of three 2010-2011 Borchard Foundation on Law & Aging fellows.  As a Borchard Fellow, I had the privilege of continuing to work for Atlanta Legal Aid Society for a year, this time as an attorney for the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline and for the Senior Citizens Law Project.

After completing my fellowship in late 2011, I launched my own private practice.  Today, I find great satisfaction in serving clients across Georgia who need help in the areas of elder law, estate planning, & special needs planning.

Education:

Juris Doctor, Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law, May 2010:  Highest honors in pro bono service; Borchard Law & Aging Fellowship recipient

Masters in Education (Social Studies), Georgia State University, August 2005, summa cum laude.  (I taught high school economics & political science and coached cross-country running at Chattahoochee HS (Alpharetta, GA)  for two years before law school.)

Bachelors of Arts in History, Princeton University, June 2002, cum laude  

Community Involvement:

GSU College of Law’s Alumni Council:  I help organize events for my class, and continually find ways to get alumni more involved in both recruiting & mentoring GSU Law students.

Princeton Club of Georgia’s Alumni Schools Committee:  I interview some of the many Georgia high school seniors applying to Princeton.

Fulton County Probate Information Center:  Beginning in 2012, I’ll be one of several volunteer attorneys who meet with the public (often the family members of deceased love ones) for free half-hour appointments to address their questions about the probate process.

Personal:  Native of Albany, Georgia; graduate of Westover High School (1997).   Eagle Scout.

Other Interests:  Cycling, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting.  (Clearly, I like to be outdoors!)

 

 

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