Trip 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. He 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, and 100 Top Trial Lawyer’s since 2011.
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.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS / PUBLICATIONS
Seminar Instructor: Killer Trucks, 2000; Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama, 2003; The Small Personal Injury Case, 2004; Strategies for Successfully Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Alabama, 2005; How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases, 2007; Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish, 2008; Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients, 2008; Subrogation and Liens in Auto Accident Litigation, 2009. National Business Institute - Pedestrian Injury Litigation Primer, 2010; Handling the Auto Injury Claim, 2010; Mediation - Fighting for Dollars, 2011; Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish, Chambers County Bar Association, 2011; Mediation, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Little Rock Arkansas, 2011. Road Collision Litigation - Key Tactics, Lee County Bar Association, 2011; Motor Vehicle Collision - Start to Finish, 2012; Gamma Phi Beta, Auburn - Know Your Rights, 2013; KA Order, Auburn - Know Your Rights, 2013; Lawyer Logbook - (Article) Mediation: The Winning Approach to Mediation, 2013; Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers - Top Guns II St. Louis, Missouri, 2013; National Business Institute Webinar - Mediation and Subrogation Liens, 2013; ALAJ Annual Convention - Tractor Trailer Collisions, Destin Florida, 2013; Litigating Low Impact Collisions - NBI, Montgomery Alabama, 2013; Mediation in Tractor Trailer Cases - A Winning Approach, Tort Law Conference, Birmingham Alabama, 2013; Lunch with a Lawyer - Jones School of Law, Montgomery Alabama, 2013; Tips for a Successful Mediation - ALAJ Annual Convention, Destin, Florida 2015; Mediation Toolbox - Lee County Bar Association, Auburn, Alabama, 2016; Mediation Toolbox - APITLA Super Summit, St. Augustine Florida, 2016;
HONORS & AWARDS
Super Lawyer, 2011 - present. Best of Auburn Personal Injury Attorney, 2012. Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2011 - present. Business in Alabama Top Attorney 2011 - present. National Advocacy for DUI Defense - Top 75 DUI Attorneys in Alabama, 2013 - present; Multi-Million Dollar Forum - Lifetime Member, Litigator Award - 2014, Opelika/Auburn All-Millennium Football Team, 2000; Alabama Heavyweight Golden Gloves Champion, 1982; Alabama AAU Heavyweight Champion, 1981; Auburn A-Club Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 1978; Distinguished Service Award, Kiwanis of Lee County; Saint James School Board of Directors, Montgomery Alabama, 2013 - present.