Graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Communications in 1984 and also received a Regular Army Commission through Army R.O.T.C. Served as an Intelligence Officer from 1984 - 1988. Served with the 101st Airborne Division from 1985 - 1988. Graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami (Florida) with a law degree in 1990. Admitted to practice law in Florida in April 1991. Admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991; the Middle District of Florida 1992; and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2010.