Party affiliation: Democrat
- Law clerk to judge The United States of America Court Appeals (5th circuit), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1979-1980. Associate Lanier, Shaver & Herring, Huntsville, 1980-1985. Partner Lanier, Ford, Shaver & Payne, Professional Corporation, since 1988.
Board directors Harris Home for Children, Huntsville, since 1982, chairman, since 1987. Member American Bar Association, Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association (president young lawyers division 1985-1986), Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Pi Tau Chi. Lodges: Optimists (president Huntsville 1983-1984).