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I represent people charged with criminal and juvenile offenses in North Alabama, and I handle appeals statewide. I formerly clerked for a federal judge and then practiced law at major law firms representing huge corporations. I now use those skills I gained clerking and representing corporations to help regular people who are in a bind.
After law school, I clerked for United States District Judge Paul Brown for two years. Working hand in hand with a federal judge, I gained practical insight into how judges make decisions and how to make effective arguments before the court. I also helped the court by researching legal issues and writing numerous draft opinions, which greatly honed my research and writing skills. These skills and this knowledge have been invaluable in my trial and appellate practice.
After completing my clerkship, I worked for two of the premier law firms in the country, Baker Botts in Dallas Texas, working on high-end commercial litigation, and Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama, practicing corporate law. During this time representing major corporations, I learned the importance of attention to detail and of leaving no stone unturned in advocating for your client.
In 2010, I started my own law firm in my wife's hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. I now employ the same skills I gained in my clerkship and in representing major corporations to help regular people who are in difficult circumstances. I primarily handle criminal defense and juvenile matters in North Alabama and I work on appeals statewide.
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|AL||Authorized to practice law||2008||11/12/2016|
|Attorney||John Allen PC||2010 - Present|
|Associate||Balch & Bingham||2008 - 2010|
|Associate||Baker Botts, LLP||2004 - 2006|
|Law Clerk for Senior United States District Judge Paul N. Brown||United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alabama State Bar, Appellate Practice Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Alabama State Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Ex parte Lightfoot, 1120200, 2013 WL 3481945 (Ala. July 12, 2013)||Alabama Supreme Court remanded for a new sentencing hearing after holding that an Apprendi error is not automatically harmless simply because the sentence the defendant ultimately receives falls within the statutory maximum for the underlying crime.|
|Lightfoot v. State, 2012 WL 3641413 (Ala. Crim. App. Aug. 24, 2012)||Court of Criminal Appeals ordered trial court to strike $25,000 fine after holding trial court harmfully erred in imposing firearm enhancement.|
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|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Louisiana State University||Public Relations||Mass Communication||1999|