What do you do in your current role?
I represent FedEx on commercial litigation matters in federal courts throughout the United States. I also litigate – as the plaintiff – white collar fraud cases, which includes directing investigations, drafting and filing complaints, taking depositions, propounding discovery, arguing motions in court, and either engaging in settlement discussions or going to trial. Finally, I serve as an in-house advisor for internal FedEx clients on legal issues as they arise.
What is something that SLU LAW does right in order to prepare students for success on the job market?
As basic as this may sound, SLU LAW prepared me to practice law. The classes I took were not “pie in the sky” legal theory classes like they teach at other schools; they were “roll up your sleeves” classes where I learned how to be a lawyer. I am incredibly grateful that SLU teaches the law this way, as I was ready to be an attorney on day one after passing the bar exam.
What was your most valuable experience at SLU LAW and how has this experience helped you in your career path?
The very first person I met at orientation turned out to be my future wife, Adrienne Price (’06). It was love at first sight – for me, at least – and I finally convinced her to date me the second semester of our 1L year. While nothing can compare to this first experience, two others stand out. First, SLU LAW’s externship program sparked my passion for public service. This passion led me to serve as an assistant prosecutor in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, then as an assistant U.S. attorney in Memphis, Tennessee, and now as the appointed chief prosecuting attorney in Germantown, Tennessee. Second, I will never forget taking Evidence with Dean Lewis at 8 a.m., Monday-Thursday. At the time, 8 a.m. seemed impossibly early; now I consider it sleeping in! Dean Lewis held the students accountable and truly taught us the ins and outs of the Federal Rules. In my career as an attorney – whether preparing a witness for a deposition or making heat-of-the-moment objections in federal court – mastery of the Rules of Evidence has given me a huge competitive advantage.
What advice would you give to students beginning their legal career at SLU LAW?
Treat law school not as an extension of your undergraduate education, but as the start of your professional career. You can still have fun – and it is critical to develop your social network – but you should treat law school like a job. With student loans, remember the money has to be paid back! If you live like a lawyer during law school, you’ll live like a law student when you’re a lawyer.