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Biographical Information

Trip Walton is married to Jacki Taylor Walton of Montgomery. They are raising three children, Forrest, Coleman, and Reilly, Forrest attends the University of Alabama, while Coleman and Reilly both attend Saint James School in Montgomery, Alabama, where Trip is on the school board. The boys play golf, football, basketball, soccer, wakeboarding, and wake surfing. Reilly participates in piano, cheerleading, gymnastics, ballet, dance, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Trip and his family attend Saint James United Methodist Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and Jubilee Shores United Methodist Church in Fairhope, Alabama.

Trip Walton is an exceptional litigator and a dedicated advocate for injured clients, focusing his practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Wrongful Death, Automobile and Tractor Trailer collisions, Train Collisions, Dog Bite attacks, and serious Slip and Fall injuries.  Trip Walton and Walton Law Firm, P.C. have recovered over $100 Million in Verdicts and Settlements.  Trip also has a well-earned reputation in the criminal defense arena, providing a vigorous defense to clients accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Drugs and Narcotics and other crimes.

Trip is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating Service, which means he has been rated by his peers as having the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been selected yearly as an Alabama Super Lawyer since 2011, Top Attorney’s in Alabama since 2011, 100 Top Trial Lawyer’s since 2011, and most recently the distinguished Top Litgators Award.

While in college and law school, he enjoyed a successful amateur heavyweight boxing career with a 20-1 record.  As an amateur heavyweight fighter, he was known for his knockout punch with 18 first round knockout victories. His record includes the Auburn University and Southeastern Regional Intercollegiate Titles in 1978; a win in the Georgia Golden Gloves Tournament in 1980; the Alabama AAU Open-Class Heavyweight Championship in 1981; and he concluded his boxing career in 1982 by winning the Alabama Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship.

Trip is an Eagle Scout and was a member of the Auburn University Football Team and the Auburn University Debate Team.  He is a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and Kappa Alpha Order.

Before founding Walton Law Firm in 2001, Trip served as a Deputy District Attorney in Montgomery County, AL, from 1984 to 1985 where he prosecuted numerous felony cases including capital murder, murder, rape, robbery, dealing of marijuana, dealing of cocaine, trafficking of illegal drugs, arson, and other felony type offences. Trip left the DA’s office in Montgomery and began his private practice with Harper and Meadows Law Firm in Auburn, Alabama, where he practiced from 1985 to 1987. Senior partner Bobby Harper became a circuit judge in Lee County and thereafter Trip and Bob Meadows joined forces with Walker, Hill, Adams, Umbach, Meadows and Walton from 1987 to 2001.While a partner with the Walker-Hill firm, in Opelika/Auburn, Trip handled the City prosecution duties for the City of Auburn, for approximately five (5) years. He also built his personal injury/wrongful death practice while a partner at the Walker-Hill firm.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Alabama State Bar (1984)

U.S. District Court (1985)

Middle District of Alabama (1985)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1986)

U.S. Supreme Court (1996)

Georgia State Bar (2008)

 

Education

Lee Academy High School (1976)

Auburn University, B.S. (1980)

University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (1984)

Professional Experience

Lee County Bar Association

Chambers County Bar Association
American Bar Association

Georgia State Bar

Alabama State Bar (Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1986-1994; Task Force on Illiteracy, 1988-1989; Indigent Defense Committee, 1989-1990; Military Law Committee, 1990-1991; Task Force on Disaster Response, 1991-1992; Member, 1991-present and Chairman, 1998-present, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee)

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Executive Board, 1986-1987)

Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)

APITLA National Advisory Board

Saint James School Board 2013 – present

Honors & Awards

Top 100 National Trial Lawyers for 2011 – present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Alabama Super Lawyer  2011 – present

Business in Alabama – Top Attorney 2012 – present

Best of Auburn – Personal Injury Attorney 2012

National Advocacy for DUI Defense – Top 75 DUI Attorneys in Alabama – 2014

Top Litigator Awards – 2015

Professional Associations

Alabama Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

Auburn Chamber of Commerce

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)

Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice

North American Brain Injury Society

Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice

Verdicts & Settlements

Trip Walton & Walton Law Firm, P.C. have recovered over $100 Million in Verdicts and Settlements!

TOP 15 Verdicts & Settlements

$17,500,000.00 Insurance Fraud Verdict

$8,000,000.00 Brain Injury Settlement

$7,500,000.00 Spine Injury Settlement

$6,750,000.00 Brain Injury Settlement

$4,000,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$2,750,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$2,500,000.00 Brain Injury Settlement

$2,200,000.00 Wrongful Termination Verdict

$2,000,000.00 Wanton Conduct Settlement

$2,000,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$1,850,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$1,400,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$1,300,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$1,200,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement

$1,000,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement and Personal Injury Settlement

Speaking Engagements

Trip has taught classes and seminars on various topics, including:

  • Mediation in Tractor-Trailer Cases: A Winning Approach, 
Tort Law Conference for Alabama Attorneys
, Friday September 13th, 2013 Birmingham Marriott
  • Jones School of Law – “Lunch with a Lawyer” (September 2013)
  • Litigating Low Impact Collisions – NBI – Montgomery, Alabama (August 2013)
  • National Business Institute Webinar – Mediation and Subrogation Leins (June 2013)
  • ALAJ Annual Convention – Tractor Trailer Collisions, Destin, Florida June 13th, 2013
  • Lawyer Logbook – (Article) Mediation: The Winning Approach ( April 2013)
  • KA Order, Auburn – “Know Your Rights” (April 2013)
  • West Point Georgia / Valley Alabama Rotary Club (April 2013)
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers – Top Guns II St. Louis,  Missouri April 25th, 2013
  • Lee County Bar Association – CLE (March 2013)
  • Gamma Phi Beta, Auburn – “Know Your Rights” (March 2013 & February 2014)
  • Mediation (November 2012)
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish (April 2012)
  • Road Collision Litigation: Key Tactics. Lee County Bar Association (2011)
  • Behold – Mediation,  Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association,  Little Rock, Arkansas (2011)
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Chambers County Bar Association(2011)
  • Tractor Trailer Crashes – NBI – Montgomery, AL (2011)
  • Handling the Auto Injury Claim, NBI (2010)
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Jones School of Law (2010)
  • Pedestrian Injury Litigation Primer, NBI (2010)
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Montgomery County Bar Association (2010)
  • Subrogation and Liens in Auto Accident Litigation, NBI (2009)
  • Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients, NBI (2008)
  • Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish, NBI (2008)
  • How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases, NBI (2007)
  • Strategies for Successfully Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama, NBI (2005)
  • Taking a Case to State District Court, Trial Lawyers Association (2004)
  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama, National Business Institute (NBI) (2003)
  • Killer Trucks, Peoples Court Law School (2000)

Publications

Lawyer Logbook – “In the Ring” Winter 2014-15

Lee Magazine – “The Fighter” July/August 2013

Lawyer Logbook – “Mediation: The Winning Approach”

 

Service Activities

  • Lee County Boys and Girls Club, Board Member
  • Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, Elected Member
  • YMCA Board of Directors – Lee County, Chairman
  • Lee County Youth Judicial Program, Director
  • Kiwanis of Lee County, Distinguished Service Award
  • Southern Union Junior College, Adjunct Professor
  • Opelika-Auburn All Millennium Football Team, Member
  • First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, Alabama, Member
  • Eagle Scout of Advisory Board
  • Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Saint James School Board
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chambers County
  • March of Dimes
  • Crank Your Heart Ride/Run
  • Water Well – Zambia Africa
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Special Olympics