About me

I completed my undergraduate work in 2006 at Loyola University Chicago, graduating with a bachelor of science degree with honors in Criminal Justice.  I moved from Chicago, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee where I worked as a municipal police officer in a suburban police department for five years.  While serving as a municipal police officer I was assigned to the Traffic Investigation Unit.  I was responsible for conducting investigations in fatal and serious motor vehicle collisions, reconstructing these incidents, and providing expert witness testimony in court.  

In 2012, I transferred to the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, within the Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). I was assigned as a drug interdiction agent and criminal investigator.  I was responsible for conducting complex criminal investigations concerning illicit drug trafficking, violent crime, weapons use, and money laundering.  I also conducted investigations into prescription drug abuse, illegal prescribing, prescription and healthcare fraud, and benefits fraud.  

In 2016, I decided to leave law enforcement after 10 years of service.  I chose to pursue academia, so my wife Laura and I resigned from our careers and moved to London.  It was in London that I chose to get my LLM in international law at Westminster.  I graduated Westminster in 2017 with distinction.

I am recognized as an expert in the field of drug recognition and I have given expert witness opinions in both the Criminal Court and Circuit Court of the 30th and 29th Judicial Districts of Tennessee. 

My hobbies include long distance running, hiking, and traveling.  I have two dogs (Welsh Corgi and German Shepherd).

Teaching

I am a certified law enforcement instructor and have presented lectures on the following topics: 

Illicit Drug Investigations

Drug Impaired Driving

Motor Vehicle Crashes 

Police Officer Safety

Research

My previous research in my LLM dissertation was an examination of the right to invoke self-defense (military force) against international terrorist organizations.  Specifically looking at Article 51 of the UN Charter and its applicability to non-state and state-sponsored terrorist actors.

My doctoral research is titled:

How do we get on the boat?  The problems and hurdles of interdicting vessels engaged in illicit drug trafficking at sea.  An examination of international maritime law, state practice, and the problem of stopping illicit drug trafficking on the world’s oceans.