I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. I went to the University of Illinois where I studied Civil and Environmental Engineering and after completing my M.S. in January of 2001 I moved to Atlanta where I worked as an environmental engineering consultant. I left Atlanta in 2007 and moved to Gainesville, Florida for law school. After law school (in 2010), I moved back to the Chicago area to be closer to my family and reestablish myself in the Midwest.