Ian arrived in the United States via England, Australia and New Zealand. Graduating from Oklahoma State University School of Business in 1987, he worked in Retail Management until receiving his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1992. Joining an Oklahoma City law firm for several years, his practice included motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect and work-related injuries. He then spent over a decade in full-time Youth Ministry prior to joining Van Meter Law Firm in 2010 to continue his legal career.