Gary was born in Statesville, North Carolina and continues to maintain close contact with his hometown. He attended the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors in 1995. He then attended law school at the University of Miami and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 1998 and admitted to the Florida Bar that same year.
After admission to the Florida Bar, Gary focused his practice for the first 10 years defending hospitals and physicians in the area of Medical Malpractice. Gary then decided to represent individuals in complex multi-million dollar injury cases in order to achieve a greater sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in his legal career. Gary sought to have a closer connection with his clients and to use the expertise he had developed over the prior decade to help his clients recover compensation for their injuries.
In 2012, Gary was presented with an opportunity to join Minor International, based in Thailand, as a Regional Director in their Hotel/Resort Division. This provided Gary with an opportunity to handle business matters in Thailand, Indonesia and China as well as travelling throughout Southeast Asia. This allowed Gary to develop international business experience and a heightened appreciation for the many cultures represented in Asia. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for him and he has amazing memories of his experiences in Asia.
Gary returned to the U.S. in 2016 to be closer to family and continue practicing law in Florida. In August, 2017 he joined Patten & Associates at a time when the firm experiences significant growth in Orlando and the surrounding areas. Gary will be refocusing his practice in the areas of Commercial litigation as well as Family Law.
Gary resides in Clermont and enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, motorcycling and jogging with his dog Max.