I was raised on a top-secret Navy Base known as Autec on Andros Island in the Bahamas. My parents were civilian contractors. My dad was a firefighter and my mom worked in a submarine warfare laboratory. When I first moved to the United States as a child, my hair was blonde, and I was completely unaccustomed to wearing shoes. After several months, my hair turned brown and the soles of my feet became soft.
I represent the sixth generation of my family to be born in Florida. I’m also the first in my family to earn a college degree. When I was accepted to law school at the University of Florida, my grandma wept with joy.
My grandparents had run a small seafood store near Mayport, Florida before a large grocery store chain nearby began selling seafood and put them out of business. They were die hard Florida Gator fans. A few years ago I donated money to UF to buy them a commemorative brick that bears their names.
Before law school was ever a thought in my mind, I worked summers on my cousin’s fishing boat. Commercial fishing is an honest living but it’s becoming more difficult to make a living as more and more sporties raid the reefs. And it’s also hard, exhausting, and uncertain work.
I saw it as my duty and responsibility to go farther and do more to lift our family out of poverty. Like many people, I saw education as the way out. After law school, I embraced the corporate life. I worked for the largest trial law firm in the State of Florida where I defended insurance companies. I was on track to make partner and celebrated defeating personal injury claims.
And then my uncle contracted mesothelioma, a fatal form of lung cancer caused by repeated exposure to asbestos.
My uncle had worked at the Naval yards in Jacksonville most of his life as a crane operator. He was repeatedly exposed to asbestos used in navy ships to make them less vulnerable to fire. Seeing my uncle struggle in his last days made me rethink my career.
What was the point of breaking generations of my family’s cycle of poverty to become a lawyer and not help similar people to demand more out of life and the system?
To learn the trade of representing injury victims, I joined a large personal law firm in South Florida. My intent from day one was to work to learn the trade so I could start my own firm and bring my own sense of justice to the people who needed it most.
In January of 2019, with only $2,000.00 and two small cases, I formed Waring Law which quickly became an intense uphill battle for survival. There is no more competitive local service business than personal injury law. As a solo-lawyer, I had to compete against some of the most well-funded and most recognizable names in the industry. Yet Waring Law kept fighting on and my little law firm began taking ground.
Since hanging out the shingle, we have recovered nearly $2,000,000.00 in compensation for injury victims including a $265,000.00 hard fought settlement for a motorcycle accident victim in Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2020. A $291,000.00 settlement for a car accident victim in Deerfield Beach, Florida. A $350,000.00 settlement for a woman injured in a car accident in 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. A $200,000.00 for a man injured in an accident near Fort Lauderdale in 2019, and many more.
As Waring Law began to expand, and the coronavirus lockdowns ensued, we saw an opportunity to recruit talent that would be the best fit for the firm’s culture. So instead of hiring people directly out of the personal injury law field, we looked to other industries. For example, we needed someone to help communicate with our clients and give them the attention they deserve, so we hired a flight attendant. We needed someone to help us get medical records and bills from our clients’ medical providers so we hired an emergency room care coordinator.
At Waring Law, our motto is “At War for More” which reminds us that each day is an opportunity for more creativity, more improvement, and more compensation for our clients. Living in a state of war means that we must always be on the offensive and be ready for a legal fight.
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