Experience is [emphasis added] my best teacher. Though I certainly paid for and received a good and quality education, I am convinced that it will never surmount the education (sometimes forced) that I have gained from life experience.
I received my undergraduate degree with honors from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi in 2002 majoring in communications. Thereafter, I worked for a time in radio and television production as well as management.
In 2007, I enrolled in law school at Mississippi College School of Law, a private college in the heart of downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Receiving my juris doctorate in 2010, I took the bar exam that summer and was practicing law in September, 2010. I was 32 years-old. I had some life experiences under my belt by this time which I am convinced helped me in my law practice starting out.
"the only source of knowledge is experience" -Albert Einstein
I was fortunate to have my first potential clients waiting on me to get my results from the Board of Bar Admissions. After receiving my license, I was immediately thrust into the (real) practice of law, i.e., real clients with real problems. When I say real problems, I mean "felony" problems and client(s) plural. I was in court arguing for a bond reduction within a few days of receiving my newly minted license. Experience by fire. I think I argued every possible point of law and case on the subject of bond reduction that day if I recall. The judge peered at me over the bench and said, "son, you can't expect me to lower a bond from $500,000.00 U.S. dollars to $25,000.00 U.S. dollars can you?" I said, "respectfully, yes I can expect you to because of points (a), (b), and (c) your Honor." The judge looked at me again and said, "I can see you are really trying to do a good job for your (orange jump-suited) clients here Mr. Rumfelt, but I just can't do that without further investigation." The district attorney just stared at me in awe. I think he was confused that I had the confidence to boldly ask for what my clients needed. The point being that from the outset I was not afraid to stand up boldly for those whose whose voices often go unheard.
From that first experience over ten years ago to present, I have learned a lot, but I have never let the fire of passionately representing my clients die.
After practicing law for six years in Jackson, Mississippi, my family and I relocated to Mount Juliet, 2016. We have thrived here. It is good to be able to call this place home where I can continue to utilize all of my invaluable experiences in helping my clients. I look forward to hearing from you!