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A Man Wearing A Suit And Tie

7 years of experience

jmetz@ggh-law.com

205.980.5888

205.980.1098

Education

  • B.S., University of Alabama (2011) 
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (2015)
ABOUT

Jonathan was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has spent most of his life in Birmingham.  After graduating from the University of Alabama and enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, Jonathan attended Cumberland School of Law, where he discovered a talent for trial advocacy and graduated a semester early.  Following a few years of practice at the largest personal injury firm in Alabama, Jonathan found a passion for defense and subsequently changed his focus to insurance defense, particularly workers’ compensation, construction defect, and trucking litigation, before moving into the fast-paced world of full-time automobile litigation as a member of Allstate’s Staff Counsel Office, prior to joining Gaines Gault Hendrix in the summer of 2021.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance defense
  • Workers compensation
  • Construction litigation
  • Trucking and transportation litigation

Notable Trials

  • Bohannon v. Morgan; CV-2020-901458; Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama. Obtained favorable verdict in clear-liability rear-end collision where one Plaintiff suffered a injury requiring a cervical fusion and the other claimed loss of consortium.  The Plaintiffs introduced $45,000.00 in special damages and the Judge granted the Plaintiffs’ JMOL on causation.  The Plaintiffs then asked for $625,000.00 for one Plaintiff and $45,000.00 for the other.  After thirty minutes, the jury returned a verdict of $45,000.00 for the first Plaintiff and a defense verdict against the other. 
  • Smith v. McCormick; CV-2016-900134.00; Circuit Court of Jackson County, Alabama. Obtained favorable verdict in matter where Plaintiff requested jury return award of $35,000.00; jury awarded $5,000.00.
  • Coleman v. Stokley; DV-2020-900763.00; District Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Obtained defense judgment in clear liability rear-end collision in which Plaintiff claimed over $10,000.00 in damages and treating physician testified.
  • Sanders v. Taunton, Circuit Court of Elmore County; CV-2018-900024. Obtained favorable verdict in a clear liability case in which Defendant was not present at trial and evidence showed defendant was texting and speeding before causing $50,000.00 of damage to Plaintiff’s new vehicle.  Jury returned award less than half the cost of repairs despite testimony from two Plaintiff’s experts. 
  • Garrett v. Burks; DV-2020-900040.00; District Court of Talladega County, Alabama. Obtained defense judgment in clear liability t-bone collision in which Plaintiff claimed the accident necessitated a spinal fusion.

Professional

  • Cumberland School of Law -Dean’s List 
  • United States Marine Corps
    Meritorious Mast
    USMC Lay Reader
    USMC MCCES Honor Graduate
    USMC MCCES Class Non-Commissioned Officer

Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar Association 
  • Birmingham Bar Association 
  • Defense Research Institute

Courts

  • Admitted to practice in all Alabama State Courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama 

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama (2016)
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