Jeff writes with a signature sense of humor that sets his literary works apart from traditional novels. As one reader said, “If you can read [Forever Across The Marsh] without laughing out loud, then you probably aren’t very much fun to be around.” Yet at the same time, Jeff delivers powerful, meaningful messages that connect with readers in profound ways, especially to those who are looking for new ways to look at their current struggles and challenges.
You can find Jeff’s works at www.acrossthemarsh.com, including his recent novel. You will also see Jeff’s current project—Coach’s Column—a series on leadership using life-lessons from little league. With his signature humor, Jeff writes about motivating others and working as a team. He provides a practical guide on motivating players while also extending those principles to any team environment—whether it be a large corporation or small organization. Read Setting the Tone or Why Coach to review a sample of this series.
Jeff is currently a Commander in the U.S. Navy. He serves as a Reserve Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Much of Jeff’s leadership experience comes from his military service, where he enjoyed the unique position of serving as an advisor to hundreds of great military leaders.
From 2012 to 2014, Jeff taught law and leadership courses at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. His students included both senior military officers and practicing attorneys. Before teaching, he served as counsel to senior military commanders stationed overseas. As a critical team member, Jeff helped his leadership teams effectively conduct military operations and respond to crises—including the 2011 operations in Libya, several hostage rescue and recovery operations in Africa, and detainee operations in Afghanistan, among many others. Jeff is a veteran of foreign wars, having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2008, he served with the United States Marine Corps in Iraq.
Having left active duty, Jeff currently works as a trial attorney in patent litigation. Jeff has tried a wide variety of cases before both juries and judges. He has served as lead trial counsel in trials in many jurisdictions, including federal district court, state court, military court, and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Jeff’s engineering experience includes work on gas turbines at General Electric as part of GE’s Early Identification Program. He also graduated magna cum laude with honors from Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, where he completed his undergraduate thesis: The Development and Investigation of a Capillary Pump Cooling System for NASA’s Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket Engine.
Education: J.D., George Washington University;
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
Bar Admissions: Florida, Georgia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, & Virginia (inactive)