About Me

I was born and raised in Northeast Florida.  After graduating as valedictorian of my high school, I received a scholarship and moved to Atlanta, where I majored in English and minored in psychology at Emory University.  My studies included a semester abroad in Emory's British Studies program at Oxford University.  There, I took classes in Shakespeare and films studies. 
 

After graduating from college in 1989, I taught in the public school systems of Florida and Atlanta for a couple of years and then enrolled in law school at Florida State University in 1992.  My law career began in the private sector, and, in 1996, I was hired as law clerk to Judge Philip J. Padovano at the Florida First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. After Judge Padovano retired, I returned to my hometown in Northeast Florida in 2015, to serve as caregiver for my mother. 

In addition to my law career, I'm also a singer/songwriter and a photographer, with a punk rock leaning in both fields.  I've released several albums of original music and I occasionally still do live gigs, despite being a terrible guitarist.  I’m also a passionate animal advocate. In 2015, I self-published on Amazon a book of photos of some of the cats I've photographed as a volunteer at local animal shelters.  Proceeds from the book benefit Best Friends Animal Society.  I’ve been the sole caregiver for my mother for the past four and a half years. Mom and I co-parent my tortie cat Betty, who's terrified of everything but still manages to boss me around.

 

Laura is a licensed Florida attorney and has been a member in good standing of the Florida Bar since 1997.