I was raised in Naperville from birth until graduation from Naperville North High School. My parents, both immigrants, moved to Naperville in 1973, and we lived in Moser’s East Highlands subdivision. As I grew up in Naperville in the 1980s and 1990s, I had many great experiences that shaped me into the person I am today. In addition to the world-class education I received in Naperville schools, my early experiences included winning a Naperville Little League City Championship and playing pier tag at Centennial Beach. Now that I have a chance to give back, I want to make sure that the Naperville community stays vibrant for my four kids’ generation, and for generations to come.
From 2007 to 2014, I had the great honor of serving as a uniformed attorney in the United States Air Force. During my time as an Area Defense Counsel, I helped people who were “in trouble” with the military. From this job, I learned to provide a listening ear to people who are anxious or scared, to see both sides of a story, and to be a better advocate. I bring those lessons with me when I listen to Naperville residents talk about the issues that concern them.
Since 2015, I have been an attorney at Nagle, Obarski & Holzhauer P.C. I assist local business clients with transactional work and individuals with estate planning, trusts, and probate matters. Working at a Naperville law firm gives me a broad understanding of the various issues facing our community, both for residents and businesses. I have helped seniors planning for the next stage of life, aided young families purchasing their first home, and assisted family businesses in hiring new employees, all right here in Naperville.
I graduated with a J.D. from Georgetown Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 2007. Prior to that, I attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in History, summa cum laude, in 2004.
In addition to activities such as helping to run the food tent at the Jaycees Last Fling for several years, I have served as Chairman of the Board at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, an NCTV17 Board Member, a DuPage Children’s Museum NextGen Board Member, and a Trustees Chair at First Congregational Church. Involvement in these organizations has taught me about the importance of small businesses and organizations to the social and cultural fabric of our community.
I met my wife Julie the summer before law school, when we were both counselors at a camp for economically disadvantaged children and children with special needs, and we married two years later. Julie was a therapeutic foster care social worker who then traveled the world with me as a military spouse, giving birth to our second son while I was away on a deployment. After the Air Force, Julie and I were excited about moving to Naperville to raise our kids around extended family and friends.
I am so excited to repeat the traditions of my childhood with my family in Naperville – from Naperville Park District Soccer (with the reversible yellow and blue jerseys), to the Last Fling, to celebrating victories over Colonial Kitchen Sinks. As I carry out and share these traditions, I realize the importance of giving back and of keeping Naperville the best place in America to raise a family for Julie and our four kids!