As the firm's General Counsel, Gary provides legal advice concerning all aspects of the firm's business, advising on legal and business matters, including strategic planning, business contracts, and employment agreements.
After completing his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Alabama, Gary worked in Human Resources for three years and then attended law school at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Upon receiving his J.D., he practiced labor & employment law for six years in a national law firm until joining one of his bank clients as in-house counsel. He is licensed to practice law in six states, including AL, FL, GA, KY, SC and TN and has spent thirty of his forty-year career in senior legal and human resources roles in financial services firms.
Gary lived and worked in the southeastern U.S. until relocating to the San Francisco Bay area with his husband in 2018. He is still strongly connected to extended family, including 74 first cousins, centered around Straight Mountain in northeast Alabama. He has three adult children who live in 29 Palms, CA, Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. His life is filled with family activities, exploring the Northern California coast and high country, and community service through the Episcopal Church where he is an ordained Deacon.