Admitted to The Florida Bar on September 17, 2002 (Bar Number 0568831); licensed as a Florida Certified Public Accountant (License Number AC34985) on June 11, 2002; admitted to the Federal Bar, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, on November 13, 2002; United States Tax Court on July 29, 2008, United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, on May 29, 2014; and United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, on March 3, 2015.


Born Lakeland, Florida, on February 8, 1967. Married to Melody A. Shipley nee Cottingham of New Port Richey, Florida on January 29, 1994. Three sons and two daughters.

Memberships (listed alphabetically)

Military Service

United States Army Reserve, 1988-1996; active-duty wartime service from January 1991 to September 1991 in the Southwest Asia theatre of operations (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) in support of the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Storm.

Community Service

City Council, City of Mount Dora, Florida, November 2003 — December 2005; Round Lake Elementary School Charter Board; Troop Committee member, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 70.

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  • The Florida State University - B.S. in Management - 1994
  • The Florida State University - B.S. in Accounting - 1999
  • The Florida State University - M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship - 1996
  • The Florida State University - J.D. - 2002

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