Graduated from the University of Illinois in 1970 with B.S. in Psychology; graduated from University of Illinois College of Law with J.D. in 1973. Member of the firm of Bane, Allison, Saint and Ehlers PC in Bloomington, Illinois from 1973 through 1984. Practiced as a solo attorney in Bloomington from 1984 through the present, having offices in the Historic Miller Davis Building where David Davis practiced law and was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Abraham Lincoln. Member of the McLean County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, previous member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and licensed to practice in U.S. District Court, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S Supreme Court. Served on the Family Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association and was Chairman in 1979 and 1980. Also served on the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.