Mr. Handford is a 1991 honors graduate of Tulane Law School and former U.S. Coast Guard JAG. While in the Coast Guard, he served as the assistant U.S. delegate to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations organization, where he drafted and negotiated positions on various maritime treaties and conventions. In other assignments, he handled civil litigation involving the Coast Guard and was a criminal prosecutor for military crimes at the Norfolk Naval Station (the world's largest naval installation) and for civilian crimes as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He also served as a Legal Assistance Officer, helping military service members with wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, consumer law, and probate matters. Upon leaving active duty, Mr. Handford practiced for several years with McGuireWoods LLC, a large international law firm. There, he developed expertise in corporate law and also focused on admiralty, maritime, and international trade matters. He worked with businesses of all sizes and types, from small, local enterprises to Fortune 100 corporations on matters of business entity formation and organization, securities and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, commercial disputes, and drafting, reviewing, and negotiating business contracts of all types. Mr. Handford left McGuireWoods in 2004 to open his own office in order to better focus on the needs of his local individual and small business clients. In 2010 he joined Inman & Strickler PLC where his clients benefited from a full range of legal services provided by the entire firm. Mr. Handford is the author of award-winning articles on various legal topics, has presented at continuing legal education seminars for many years, and since 1999 has been the co-author of an annual lawyer's treatise on Virginia business entities distributed by leading legal publisher Thomson/West.