Laura graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, North Carolina.
In 2006, Laura graduated Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Roll Tide! During her time at Alabama, Laura was awarded two of the department’s coveted research and teaching fellowships. Her graduate teaching fellowship allowed her to teach, supervise, and mentor undergraduate students during their criminal justice course studies, while the research fellowship put Laura inside a clinic specializing in HIV and AIDS care for underserved populations in Montgomery, Alabama. Through her work with in this clinic, this sparked a fascination with the way marginalized populations were cared for in Alabama. Laura’s thesis topic grew out of this research and she spent the last year of her studies analyzing the treatment and segregation of HIV and AIDS-infected prisoners in Alabama. Her work is currently published and held in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Main Library, located on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
During Laura’s time in law school, she focused her training on felony and misdemeanor criminal defense at two different offices of the Public Defender and Chestney & Sullivan Law Firm; criminal appeals with the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas; and the protection of individual civil rights with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Laura graduated from the University of Arkansas, William H. Bowen School of Law, in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2011 with an invitation to join one of Georgia’s most prestigious criminal defense law firms. She hit the ground running and soon became a familiar face in every court in the metro-Atlanta area. As each year passed, she continued to handle hundreds of traffic, serious traffic, and driving under the influence cases with excellent results.
Every year Laura prioritizes continuing education that focuses on traffic and criminal defense, and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to sharpen her skills and stay on top of cutting-edge technology and changing law. She was invited to participate in the highly competitive Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy program with the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Athens, Georgia and the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
When she isn’t practicing law, she is spending time with friends and her Pomeranian, Nina, and sitting in Atlanta traffic listening to true crime podcasts.