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John Michael Totten

Divorce and separation Attorney at Athens, AL

4.9   64 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Modification of Divorce,

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    DUI, drug cases, murder, all felony and misdemeanor case

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    Auto/Truck/Motorcycle/Boat Accidents, On-the-Job Accidents, Slip and Fall All personal injury work is done on contingency basis, meaning that we do not charge anything until we win money for our clients.

  4. Domestic violence
    10%

  5. Family
    10%

RECOGNIZED AS A PREMIER ATTORNEY BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS.

 I have lived in Alabama all my life and have roots that run deep in this great state. I passed the Alabama State Bar in 1999 and was associated with a Birmingham firm as I began my practice in general civil and criminal litigation. I was involved in representing individual clients throughout Alabama, in both state and federal courts. In 2002 I concentrated my practice in all areas of insurance defense, including law enforcement liability, municipal liability, personal injury and construction law, including architect and engineer liability. I also continued my practice in general tort litigation and criminal defense. In 2005, my wife, Suzanne and I moved back to North Alabama in Athens, which is now our home and where we are raising our family.  

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2018,2017,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2018 + 2 ...

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Location

John M. Totten, PC

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  64 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Noelani | March 3, 2019
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Thank you
I can't thank Mr. Totten and his staff enough for the handling of our custody case for my husbands young daughter. Due to the expertise of Mr. Totten in the court room and in advance to that we were added to the short list of father's who won custody of their child. This wasn't an easy case to handle and I don't think another law office would have handled our case as well. Thanks so much Mr. Totten, Bridget, and staff.
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Posted by Kirsten | November 1, 2018
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Every day of the week and twice on Sunday
Mr. Totten and his staff made the most terrifying - life changing - miserable time of my life bearable and showed me dreams do come true. They were always there - step by step - reassuring me that they had my back and would protect me. I would not have made it through that time of my life without them. I would highly recommend Mr. Totten everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. God Bless him and his staff.
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Posted by TF | March 1, 2024
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My Divorce
Mr. Totten is an excellent attorney. He always had my best interests in mind and kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney.
Posted by Chris | February 29, 2024
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Exceptional lawyer
John is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer. Not only does he understand the law, he is able to explain it in a way that even I could understand. His legal staff is top notch. Bridgett Jackson has a unique ability to be able to explain both sides of an argument. She can show understanding about how you feel you were wronged while at the same time, explaining to you how the court will likely perceive the situation. This is not something all law firms do. Many firms will only tell clients what they want to hear, costing the clients a lot of time and money, and the outcome being the same. With this firms knowledge and personal relationships in the community, they are able to find solutions for difficult situations that are in the clients best interest.
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Posted by Cindy | December 6, 2023
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Best attorney for a tough case!
John was the best attorney for my case! It was necessary to file contempt charges due to non-compliance of child support that concerned our children's college expenses, which was written in our divorce decree. On the surface, this would seem like an easy case, but due to extenuating circumstances it was not. I did my research and found the best attorney in Alabama. John is outstanding at what he does. He was honest and straightforward from day one. At no fault of Mr. Totten, this was a lengthy case (due in part to COVID, mediation delays, and other circumstances). He and his staff persisted and saw my case through. Bridget always responded quickly, especially via email, as that was the easiest form of communication for me. John and his staff are exceptionally skilled in what they do! I am beyond pleased with the outcome we received. I am so appreciative of John and his staff. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to hire John Totten. If you are looking for the best attorney in Alabama for your case, consult with John Totten. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2023
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client
they clean my name and got my kids back fast as they could , they really care. I highly recommend them .
Posted by Christy | October 11, 2023
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Best Attorney
We was hit with a child custody case and John Totten saved us! We got our daughter home! Hands down the best ever!
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2023
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Custody
Mr. Totten took our case that we thought was going to be short and easy! Turned out that was not going to happen. What should have been a few papers in front of the judge and done turned into like a year long thing. Not at any of his fault.He and his team never gave up! Totten was always there to answer any questions and help!! My family is very grateful for him and his office! And I would recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2023
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Representing me in Divorce
Attorney John Totten and his legal team recently represented me in my divorce of 17 years. Him and his team were helpful from the first meeting all the way through the signing of final paperwork. I strongly encourage anyone needing legal advice or representation to contact John Tottens office.
Posted by Angelo | March 23, 2023
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Best in the business!!
I came to Mr. Totten through high recommendation in what felt like my darkest hour. My character was being assassinated, I was removed (temporarily) from my children and felt like my world was being turned upside down! Mr. Totten and his staff Bridgett and Shelbie came to my rescue like the Avengers! They had such a calming spirit and reassurance that not only did they have my back, but that they were prepared to go to battle on my behalf! In moments of uncertainty and frustration it was Bridget’s calming spirit who would tell me “take a deep breath, you know who you are and know that you’re a great father, we’ve got you” Mr. Totten was always punctual for our appearances, organized and a true battle tested expert at his profession. Watching him in the court room was like watching Ken Griffey Jr. At the plate execute the “perfect swing.” When it was all said and done, I was awarded joint custody of my babies and just about every single thing we fought for we were able to lay claim too. I would not recommend any other law office for your legal needs! This group is certainly the best in the business and made what felt like the worst time of my life, truly a smooth transition into a brand new and rewarding beginning.
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Posted by Jacob | November 16, 2022
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Best lawyer in town!
I just want to start off by saying that John Totten is the best lawyer in limestone county he is a great person his attitude is great he has helped me in so many ways he takes up the time out of his busy day to speak with me on the phone he never did hesitate if I ever had a question about anything he answered it with no problem no hesitation he's just an outstanding phenomenal lawyer I highly recommend him to anyone and if you don't hire Mr John Totten to be your lawyer then you are making a mistake John Totten once again is the best lawyer in limestone county he will help anybody with his good heart he doesn't mind at all if you need anything he is always there he helped me with my case and he also helped me beat it he kept his word on everything and now I get to enjoy life thank you John Totten for being such a great lawyer and doing a phenomenal job and thank you for what you have helped me with! Y'all go see Mr John Totten today or give him a call if you need a great lawyer he is there ready and waiting for his next client! I will forever use John totten
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Posted by John | February 11, 2022
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John Chris Tucker
I had a very tricky - messy custody battle . John handled my case with ease . Very professional no worries . He took every obstacle & turned in our favor . No doubt the best lawyer in Athens Alabama .
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2022
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Divorce
I hired Mr. Totten for my divorce which was originally set up as uncontested but after some time moved to contested. He, along with the rest of his staff, were very professional and handled everything in a timely matter. They were easy to reach, communicated clearly, explained everything in detail, prepared the paperwork for review quickly, and stayed on top of everything better than I could have asked.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2021
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Peace and Helpful
I never thought hiring a lawyer could be so smooth and simple. I am extremely grateful for the ease. Working with this law firm took all the stress off of me and helped my divorce go smoothly.
Posted by Angela | February 25, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Do yourself a favor. Hire John Totten. I had my divorce papers written in one day. After both signatures were received, this attorney office was able to have the judge sign the very next day. Bridgett and Shelbie were professional, caring and calming. This experience was pleasant beyond my expectations. I dislike dealing with any legal matters prior to the use of this office. Now, I know if I have to hire an attorney, I can choose Totten and his team and know they’re out for my best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2021
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Troy
Good service and answered all my questions. Wonderful people to work with. He listens to you and tries to do what is best for the client. Office is convenient and there is a comfortable atmosphere. Office people are very polite and professional. Will recommend this professional to anyone who needs his services.
Posted by Josh | January 3, 2021
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Forever Thankful
John, Bridgett, and Shelbie will forever have my gratitude for everything they have done for me. My case was a complicated one, and they knew exactly how to handle each curve that was thrown at us. From my daughter being kidnapped by my ex and not being able to see her for two months, to false abuse charges, the divorce, undiagnosed mental illness, COVID, stolen money, a large amount of debt piled up, and many other things they were able to navigate it all. If I can give one piece of advice that would be to document everything, record everything, and educate yourself on what to do and not to do. In the end, John and his team were able to get me sole custody of my daughter, the house, both vehicles, and even some of the debt paid. I won everything I wanted and even got more than I thought I would. John was recommended to me by another lawyer's office in Huntsville and is highly thought of by other lawyers I talked to along the way. I'm so thankful I followed their advice. You only have one chance to get this right.
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Posted by Alyson | September 26, 2020
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Professional & Efficient
I appreciate the work that Mr. Totten and his staff completed for me. Everything was done in a timely and professional manner with no hiccups or errors. His staff was polite and communicated well in person as well as by phone and email. Even in the time of Covid-19, I never had to wait for service as the staff had everything waiting for me at each visit. I would definitely recommend this team for your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2020
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Thanks
Great place to get what you need done. Quick and painless Thank you again
Posted by Derrick | June 9, 2020
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Job well done
Mr. Totten an Bridgett are a awesome choice. They took my case an helped me till the very end. They are a great choice an go above an beyond to take care of you and are always available and know how to get the job done, I highly recommend them..
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John M. Totten, P.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Burgess & Hale, LLC
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Luker, Cole and Associates
  • 1999 - 2002

Education

  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with Honors
  • 1999
  • University of North Alabama
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Smoak v. State of Alabama
  • Conviction overturned
  • Blasdale v Blasdale, 65 So3d 428, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
  • Appeal victory as Wife was awarded a significant monetary award in the business held by the parties during the marriage. This case is landmark in valuing a corporate asset held during a divorce action.

Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Club of Athens
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Limestone County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Athens Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm proud to endorse John M. Totten as a lawyer who is serious about DUI defense. As a member of The National College for DUI Defense, John is committed to DUI defense, and will work hard to help you through this stressful situation. If you've been charged with a Athens DUI, call John and ask for help."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is always a worthy opponent as he is prepared, professional, courteous and well-versed in the law. He has a well-earned reputation as an excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a very knowledgeable attorney who always works hard to get the best results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Totten is a wonderful person and a great lawyer to have on your side. He is not afraid to learn new areas of the law in an effort to represent vulnerable children. He's got a great heart and I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a talented lawyer. I have seen John in action and know that he will work hard to get the best outcome for his clients. I endorse John Totten."
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