Born in California, Hal attended Los Angeles public schools, followed by graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics.
He joined the U. S. Air Force, where he was a Munitions officer, and served in Viet Nam.
Hal had a 25-year career with Fed Ex, retiring in 1999.
He attended law school at the University of Memphis while working nights at FedEx, graduated and became a member of the bar in 1995. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Courts of Tennessee and of the United States.
He and his wife Micki have 4 grown children, and 6 grandchildren. He settled in Fayette County, Tennessee in 2002, after building his own home here.
Hal has long been involved in the Libertarian Party, he is active in the Marine Corps League, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Tennessee Firearms Association, and, more recently, the Fayette County Tea Party.