Phi Alpha Delta. Recipient, Robert W. Ritchie Award, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1992 and 1993. Named, "Super Lawyer," Superlawyers.com, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013 and 2014. Qualified under Supreme Court Rule 13 to serve as Lead Counsel in Death Penalty Litigation. Professor in Business Law, Martin College, Pulaski, Tennessee, Part-time, 1985-1987. Public Defender, Twenty-Second Judicial District, Tennessee, 1987-1992. Member: State Appellate Court Study Commission, 1991-1993; District 6 Supreme Court Investigative Committee, 1989-; South Central Tennessee Correctional Advisory Board, 1989-1992; Tennessee Judicial Council Bench-Bar Relation Committee, 1992-1995. President, 1990-1991, Executive Committee, 1989-1992, Tennessee Public Defenders Conference; Tennessee Capital Case Resource Center; Executive Committee, 1993-1995; National Eagle Scouts Association, 2004-; Board Member Tennessee Justice Project, 2009-2011. Named Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee by American Trial Lawyers Association 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Practice; Certified as Specialist under Tennessee's Certification Law in Area of Criminal Practice; Certified as Lead Counsel in Death Penalty Cases under Rule 13 regarding Qualification of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases