Hey, I’m Tate.
I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed by student loans — to feel as if my dreams were on hold until I could do something about my debt.
Before starting my St. Louis-based law firm, I earned a BS in Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston. I clerked for bankruptcy judges, served in the US Army (where I spent some time in Baghdad), managed a few Target stores, and engaged in a bunch of other unremarkable activities. I hail from Chicago’s South Side and have lived all over the United States.
When I was in school, I just borrowed the money to pay for it. I didn’t ask questions. I simply signed the papers the financial aid officer shoved in front of me. At that time, I knew one thing: I needed the money. I didn’t care where it came from. My parents couldn’t help pay for college. So I told myself I had to do what I had to do.
It wasn’t until years later that I understood the gravity of what I had done. I owed over $125,000. My student loan servicer sent me a bill looking for money I just didn’t have.
You know what I did?
I fought back.
I learned all I could about student loans. How they worked. What lenders could do and couldn’t do. And, most importantly, I learned that my student loans couldn’t stop me from living abundantly. They could only scare me from doing so.
I started my student loan practice to share with others this same knowledge. Courage. Strength.
I want to help you. Even if you never hire me, I still want to help you. You deserve to fulfill your dreams, to provide for your family. And to do it all without letting your student loans overwhelm you.
When I’m not working with clients, you can find me singing my heart out at karaoke bars; coaching small business owners on social media marketing; cheering on the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls; playing basketball and flag football; walking my Puggle and Chihuahua; and dining out in St Louis.