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- 2012 - September - 24th -

Age: 44

Family: Better half: lawyer and human rights advocate Crystal Freed; children: Nicolas, 17; Anthony, 14; Brianna, 10; Sydney, 8; and Samantha Rose, 3.

Pets: Not a chance. We have enough mouths to feed and we like to travel.

Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.; Jacksonville University, B.A. English and political science; Edward Waters College, Honorary Doctor of Law; Rockville (Maryland) High School, time and space.

Admitted to the Bar: Florida, 1995; Maryland and Washington, D.C., 1993.

Employed by: Brennan Manna & Diamond.

Field of practice: Business litigation and a handful of other stuff.

Professional Organizations: Immediate past president of The Jacksonville Bar Association; former president of the Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter; Chester Bedell Inn of Court.

Community Involvement: My wife and I are advocates in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation. I am also involved with the following organizations: Justice Teaching, civics education to students; Jacksonville Area Legal Aid; The Clara White Mission; Leadership Jacksonville; Florida Partners in Crisis, which seeks improvements in the justice system for those with mental disabilities or illness; and Southpoint Community Church.

How did you get involved?

I just jumped in.

How can someone else become involved?

Find what you’re passionate about and find a good, relevant organization — they will be glad to have you.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

No matter how much you give, you get much more in return.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

“Problems, God’s Presence, & Prayer,” a great book about how God can use problems to better us. It’s a must-read for the litigator.

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