James H. Wettermark

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Wettermark Keith
James H. Wettermark
Wettermark Keith

Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Licensed in Alabama since: 1978

Education: The University of Alabama School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023
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Wettermark Keith

100 Grandview Place
Suite 530
Birmingham, AL 35243 Visit website


An accomplished personal injury attorney, James H. Wettermark has a proven record of winning tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of those who have suffered because of others’ actions. A senior partner at Wettermark Keith in Birmingham, he serves clients throughout Chattanooga, Montgomery, Huntsville and Dothan, Alabama.

With deep legal knowledge and nearly 45 years of legal experience, Mr. Wettermark has successfully represented clients from Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia in cases involving Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) railroad cases, wrongful death, toxic baby food, Social Security Disability, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, boat and aviation accidents, workers’ compensation, premises liability, mass torts, disability insurance and nursing home abuse.

A 1975 Bachelor of Science graduate of Auburn University, Mr. Wettermark earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1978. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; the Northern District of Ohio; and the Southern District of Illinois.

A former pilot with 2,500-plus flight hours, Mr. Wettermark has flown across the southeastern United States to attend to his injured clients. As a result of his trial efficiency and strategic acumen, he is board-certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Some of his record-setting results include:

  • A $34 million verdict in a FELA case
  • A $6.2 million settlement in a medical malpractice case
  • $2 million compensation for a victim of railroad injury

Mr. Wettermark is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Alabama Association for Justice, the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association.

In honor of his achievements, Mr. Wettermark has been AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell consistently since 1980. He holds a “Very Good” rating on Avvo and has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America and America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1978, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://wkfirm.com/our-team/james-wettermark/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $34.5m - WARD V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. This is the largest recorded verdict ever obtained on behalf of an injured Railroad worker. Butch Ward was a bridge worker in CSX’s B&B department. He and his crew were replacing a trestle in Southern Mississippi. Mr. Ward fell from the bridge and suffered a neck fracture that caused paralysis.
  • $1.75m - WETTERMARK KEITH CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER. A 44-year-old Wettermark Keith client sustained severe fractures of his hip requiring surgery following an automobile accident.
  • $2m - WETTERMARK KEITH CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER. The family of 100-year-old Elvia Henderson was awarded $2 million for her wrongful death. She was dropped while being assisted to the bathroom and that fall resulted in a broken leg, which eventually became infected with pressure wounds, leading to the amputation of her leg and her ultimate death.
  • $2m - WETTERMARK KEITH CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS RAILROAD COMPANY. A 55-year-old signal man fell 20 ft from a bridge while carrying a dwarf signal. He fractured his elbow, both wrists, and his foot. His injuries prevented him from returning to his job with the Railroad. The Railroad paid for Mr. Hutchens’ retraining in computer sciences and offered to settle for $400,000. The verdict came after a four-day trial.
  • $2.75m - WETTERMARK KEITH CLIENT V. CORPORATION, Confidential settlement for a Wettermark Keith client who lost his leg in an on-the-job injury.
  • $5m - JORDAN V. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD. David Jordan was struck by a Railroad train. He sustained numerous injuries that prevented him from returning to his previous occupation. Prior to trial, the Railroad offered $300,000 to settle the case. The jury returned its verdict in favor of Mr. Jordan after a four-week trial.
  • $6.2m - ELLIOTT V. ANONYMOUS HOSPITAL. At the time, this was the largest settlement in a Tennessee medical malpractice case. A 42-year-old man suffered brain damage when a nurse anesthetist failed to properly administer and monitor his anesthesia during surgery.
  • $6.5m - WETTERMARK KEITH CLIENT V. ANONYMOUS DRIVER. Confidential settlement obtained for two Wettermark Keith clients following a motorcycle accident.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of Rail Labor Attorneys  (ARLA)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for 5th, 6th, and 11th Circuits
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Admitted to Georgia Bar
  • Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Geogia
  • Admitted to Tennessee Bar
  • Admitted to United States District Courts for Northern, Middle,  Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist be the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Admitted to Alabama Bar
  • Have received an AV rating every year since 1980., AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in the "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers In America, Woodward White
  • Appointed as Designated Legal Counsel be United Transportation Union (UTU), Designated Legal Counsel, United Transportation Union
Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama J.D., 1978
  • Auburn University B.S. Economics, 1975
Industry Groups:
  • Railroad

Office location for James H. Wettermark

100 Grandview Place
Suite 530
Birmingham, AL 35243

Phone: 877-320-3185


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

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