I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, received a B.A. in Political Science with Highest Honors from Emory University and received my J.D. with High Honors from Georgetown University Law Center. I was an active member of the debate team in high school (first place in Louisiana in 1987) and in college (fifth place at NDT in 1991), and I always enjoy hearing from other former debaters.
I have been an attorney since 1994, and I practice law in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP. My practice areas include appellate litigation and representing defendants in class actions and complex litigation. Most of my law practice is in Louisiana, but I am also licensed in Florida. I serve on my firm's technology committee and I am also one of the attorneys in charge of new business acceptance at my firm.
I have been using computers since my parents bought me a Sinclair ZX81 back in 1981, and after that I was an avid user of the Commodore 64. My first Apple computer was a Mac Plus that I bought in college in 1988, and I have been a Mac user ever since. My law firm was one of the last large firms in the country to use Macs, but like so many other large firms we eventually switched to Windows in the early 2000s because of the limited law office software on the Mac (something that has improved in recent years, and has become less important now that more services are accessible from any web browser). I currently use a Dell laptop at work, and at home I use a 27" iMac with an Intel Core i5 processor.
I am a big fan of the iPhone because I had been searching for a great handheld device since the late 1980s. I was happy to upgrade from my old Sharp organizer to a Palm III in 1998. I then used Palm products for many years, including a Palm IIIc, a Palm Tungsten T2, then a Palm Treo 650, plus some BlackBerries and a Good G100 along the way. I kept using that Treo long after I was ready to move on mostly because of rumors that Apple would come out with its own mobile phone. So you can imagine my excitement when Apple announced the iPhone in 2007, soon followed by my frustration when I learned that the original version did not support corporate e-mail. When Apple added that support, I tried to buy an iPhone 3G the day it was released on July 11, 2008 — only for my local AT&T store to run out of stock after just a few people entered the store. My iPhone 3G arrived on July 22, 2008, and since becoming an iPhone owner, I feel that I have finally found the device for which I had been searching for 20 years. I have upgraded my iPhone every year, so I have used the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and currently I use the iPhone 5s.
In November of 2010, I started using an iPad. I upgraded to the iPad 2 in April of 2011, the third generation iPad in March of 2012, and I currently use an iPad Air. I also own a first-generation iPad mini, but I stopped using it once I purchased the iPad Air; the main reason I used the mini was to use a lighter iPad, and the iPad Air is light enough that I no longer see a reason to use both.
I started iPhone J.D. on November 17, 2008. This site was originally focused on the iPhone, but because of the crossover between the iPad and the iPhone, I now discuss both of those iOS devices. iPhone J.D. is the oldest and largest website for attorneys who use the iPhone and iPad. I was honored to see that the ABA Journal named iPhone J.D. the best legal technology blog three out of the last four years.
Thanks for reading iPhone J.D., and please let other iPhone and iPad users know about this website — especially if they are lawyers, but that is not a requirement. Lots of non-lawyers are regular readers, and a lot of my posts are relevant to any iPhone or iPad user.