Meet TJ

T.J. grew up in Shirley, Arkansas, where he was home-schooled from sixth grade through high school, graduating in 2000.

T.J. attended college at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where he double majored in theatre and writing. He participated in the Honors College program and graduated summa cum laude in 2005.

Dissatisfied with his career opportunities, T.J. began law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law in 2010. He attended law school in the evenings while working full time during the day. He was a member of the Law Review and was published twice as a student. T.J. graduated in 2014 with High Honors, ranked second in his class.

After law school, T.J. entered private practice, then served as a law clerk to Judge Brian Miller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and as a social security law clerk. In 2019, he left the federal court to return to private practice.

Outside of the Office

T.J. has several hobbies and interests, prime among them a love of Transformers, as well as other science fiction and fantasy properties. He also enjoys more artistic expressions and learning about science, history, art, and philosophy when work and responsibilities allow.

T.J. lives in Northwest Arkansas with his wife, child, and two dogs.

 

Bar Admissions

 
  • State of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eight Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
 

Education

 
  • J.D., Juris Doctorate, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowden School of Law, Little Rock, 2014
  • B.A. Speech and Theatre: Theatre Emphasis; Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Arkansas, 2005
 

Publications

 
  • Buying a Lie: The Harms and Deceptions of Ghostwriting, 35 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 165 (Fall 2012).
  • Avoiding the Unavoidable: The Canon of Constitutional Avoidance as Applied to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 35 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 591 (Spring 2013).