Trip Walton

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Auburn, Alabama

Walton Law Firm, P.C.
Trip Walton
Walton Law Firm, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1984

Education: The University of Alabama School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2024

Walton Law Firm, P.C.

1710 Catherine Court
Suite B
Auburn, AL 36830 Visit website

Details

After many years of practicing law with a large prestigious firm, Trip Walton decided to build his own firm around a core of attorneys with superior trial skills, who would share the same goal of standing up and fighting for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves. Trip is a former Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Champion. The values of a fighter are honor, dignity, pride and sportsmanship. Trip learned that aggressive hard work, persistence and diligence pay off – in the boxing ring and in the courtroom. Let Walton Law Firm fight for you!

Trip has a well-earned reputation in the Personal Injury, Tractor Trailer Collision, Traumatic Brain Injury and Mediation arena. Trip is highly regarded in these areas of practice and has been asked to speak at numerous professional conferences all across the United States. Trip has tirelessly fought, standing up to the big insurance companies, winning multi-million and million dollar settlements for his clients.

Trip also has established a practice of defending those accused of Title IX offenses which typically involve sexual and gender-based misconduct.  Because the standard of proof in these cases is less than “beyond a reasonable doubt” (i.e. more likely than not), these cases are very difficult to defend and require a lot of time and experience.  Trip also defends students accused of violating Auburn University’s Code of Student Conduct.

In 2022, Trip was named to the 2023 Best Lawyers® List. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication company in the legal profession. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. For more than four decades, our publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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, and 100 Top Trial Lawyer’s since 2011. In 2020 Mr. Walton joined a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars by accepting a  fellowship of the American Bar Foundation.

Walton Law Firm has also been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, which is a select group of lawyers who have been recognized for their legal expertise and professional stature.

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.

Before founding Walton Law Firm in 2001, Trip served as a Deputy District Attorney in Montgomery County, AL 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 offenses. Trip left the DA’s office in Montgomery and began his private practice with Harper and Meadows Law Firm in Auburn, Alabama. 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. 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.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Dram Shop Laws, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sex Offenses, Slip and Fall, Theft, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1984, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.waltonlaw.com/our-team-lawyers-alabama-georgia/t...

Firm News (Newsletters):
Educational Background:
  • Auburn University, B.S., 1980
Honors/Awards:
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kiwanis of Lee County
  • Nominated for Opelika Auburn News Best of 2023 for Best Attorney, Best of OA 2023 - Best Attorney Nomination, Opelika Auburn News, 2023
  • In 2022, Trip was named to the 2023 Best Lawyers® List. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication company in the legal profession. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. For more than four decades, our publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere., 2023 Best Lawyers, 2023 Best Lawyers List, 2022
  • The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession., American Bar Foundation Fellows, https://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/index.html, 2021
  • Opelika/Auburn All-Millenium Football Team, 2000
  • Auburn A-Club Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 1978
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best of Auburn – Personal Injury Attorney, 2012
  • AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating Service
  • Alabama Heavyweight Golden Gloves Champion, 1982
  • Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense - Top 75 DUI Attorneys in Alabama, 2014
  • Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, 2011 - Present
  • Alabama AAU Heavyweight Champion, 1981
  • Member, Kappa Alpha Order
  • Business in Alabama – Top Attorney, 2012 - Present
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Golden Glove Heavyweight Champion, 1981
  • Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America, Inc., 1974
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Prepared and presented program regarding Federal and State DOT regulations covering tractor-trailer collisions, Seminar Instructor, Truck Accident Litigation from Start to Finish, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2008
  • Prepared and presented program regarding strategies for obtaining personal injury settlements, Seminar Instructor, Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2008
  • Prepared and presented program regarding resolution of hospital liens, health insurance liens, Medicare liens, Medicaid liens, Med-pay liens, and other issues regarding subrogation and liens, Seminar Instructor, Subrogation and Liens in Auto Accident Litigation, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2009
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding pedestrian type personal injury cases including all aspects from selection to resolution., Seminar Instructor, Pedestrian Injury Litigation Primer, National Webinar, 2010
  • Prepared and presented program regarding car wrecks from selection through discovery and settlement tactics, Seminar Instructor, Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Montgomery County Bar Association, 2010
  • Prepared and presented program regarding car wreck claims, mediation and litigation, Seminar Instructor, Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Jones School Of Law, 2010
  • Prepared and presented program regarding numerous issues in handling car wreck claims, Seminar Instructor, Handling the Auto Injury Claim, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2010
  • Prepared and presented program emphasizing preparation of the plaintiff for mediation, Seminar Instructor, Mediation - Fighting for Dollars, AR, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - Little Rock, 2011
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Chambers County Bar Association, 2011
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding Tractor Trailer Crashes - NBI - Montgomery, AL, 2011
  • Mediation in Tractor-Trailer Cases: A Winning Approach, Tort Law Conference for Alabama Attorneys, Friday September 13th, 2013 Birmingham Marriott
  • KA Order, Auburn – "Know Your Rights", April 2013
  • West Point Georgia / Valley Alabama Rotary Club, April 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Road Collision Litigation: Key Tactics. Lee County Bar Association, 2011
  • Behold – Mediation, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2011
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding tractor trailer mediation, Auto Spectacular Seminar, Utah Association Of Justice, Salt Lake City, 2017
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding tractor-trailer claims and litigation, Seminar Instructor, Killer Trucks, AL, People's Court Law School - Auburn, 2000
  • Prepared and presented a program regarding car wreck claims and litigation, Seminar Instructor, Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2003
  • Prepared and presented program regarding "out of the box" solutions to automobile litigation in State District Court, Seminar Instructor, Taking a Case to State District Court, AL, Alabama Trial Lawyers - Winter Convention - Birmingham, 2004
  • Presented and prepared program regarding the handling of motor vehicle personal injury claims, Seminar Instructor, Strategies for Succesfully Trying Automobile Cases, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2005
  • Prepared and presented program regarding investigation, discovery, and selection of automobile injury cases, Seminar Instructor, How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases, AL, Statewide Attorney Seminar - Montgomery, 2007
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $15,000,000.00 Brain and Spine Injury Settlement, 2021
  • $3,500,000.00 Personal Injury Settlement. Multi-million dollar settlement for serious personal injuries caused by motor vehicle collision between business owned pick-up truck and rear of plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff had slowed down in traffic behind a tractor-trailer. The defendant struck plaintiff from behind pushing her under the tractor-trailer. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and two brain bleeds as well as fractures to her lower back, pelvic area, ribs, and wrist. She underwent numerous surgical procedures regarding her injures and suffers permanent impairment., 2020
  • $8,000,000.00 Settlement - Serious Traumatic Brain Injury - Chambers County, AL, 2010
  • $2,000,000.00 Verdict - Wanton Destruction of Business Property - Chambers County, AL, 2002
  • $17,500,000.00 Verdict - Insurance Fraud - Chambers County, AL, 1996
  • $2,500,000.00 Settlement - Moderate Brain Injury - Lee County, AL, 2010
  • $7,500,000.00 Settlement - Quadriplegic Injury (Multiple Defendants) - Harris County, GA, 2006
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Foundation Fellows.  The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. , 2021
  • 2023 Best Lawyers® List. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. For more than four decades, our publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere., 2023
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  The National Association of Distinguished Counsel is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. The mission of the NADC is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our research process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession., 2022
  • Alabama State Bar, Military Law Committee, 1990 - 1991
  • APITLA National Advisory Board
  • Chairman, Alabama State Bar, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1998 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, 1985
  • Saint James School Board, 2013 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Executive Board, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1986 - 1987
  • American Bar Association
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
  • Alabama State Bar, Indigent Defense Committee, 1989 - 1990
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)
  • Member, Alabama State Bar, 1991 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1985
  • Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Alabama State Bar, 1984
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chambers County Bar Association
  • North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)
  • Alabama State Bar, Task Force on Illiteracy, 1988 - 1989
  • Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
  • Alabama State Bar, Task Force on Disaster Response, 1991 - 1992
  • Alabama District Attorneys' Association, 1984 - 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgia State Bar, 2008
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Alabama State Bar, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, 1986 - 1994
  • North American Brain Injury Society
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alabama Sheriff's Girls Ranch, Platinum Sponsor for Grillin for Girls, 2022
  • Valor Awards Dinner Sponsor - Opelika Chamber of Commerce, 2023
  • Minority Business Initiative Sponsor - Opelika Chamber of Commerce, 2023
  • Angel Tree for Big House Foundation, 2022
  • Auburn Young Professional Service Sponsor for Exceptional Foundation of East Alabama, 2023
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Appreciation Holiday Meal, 2023
  • 2023 Beauregard Football Blue Sponsor, 2023
  • Chilton County Highschool Basketball Team Lunch Sponsorship Bruce Pearl Camp, 2023
  • Chambers County Alabama Sheriff's Rodeo Gate Sponsor, 2023
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of East Alabama Gala for Great Futures Silver Sponsor, 2023
  • Alabama Sheriff's Girls Ranch, Platinum Sponsor for Grillin' for Girls, 2023
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County Sponsor, 2021
  • Landman - Michigan Oil Company, Northpoint, Alabama, 1981 - 1983
  • YMCA Basketball Coach - Montgomery, AL
  • Provided funding at a village in Zambia for water well which should provide fresh drinking water for 20+ years to 300 or more people a day.
  • Member, Auburn University Debate Team
  • Member of Walker, Hill, Adams, Umbach, Meadows & Walton, 1987 - 2001
  • Past President of YMCA Board of Directors
  • Provided 65 new Riddell football helmets for Varsity Football team at St. James School - Montgomery, AL
  • Member, Auburn University Football Team
  • City Prosecutor for the City of Auburn, for approximately five (5) years
  • Past Board member of Lee County Boys & Girls Club
  • Annual Sponsor of Chambers County Sheriff's Rodeo
  • Annual gifts to local United Way and other well-known charitable institutions.

Office location for Trip Walton

1710 Catherine Court
Suite B
Auburn, AL 36830

Phone: 334-321-3000

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