Will O. (Trip) Walton, III
Trip has a well-earned reputation in the criminal defense arena, providing a vigorous defense to clients accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Public Intoxication, Minor in Possession/Consumption, Murder, Manslaughter, Assault, Sex Crimes, Drugs and Narcotics, and other crimes.
Trip also has established a practice of defending those accused of Title IX offenses which typically involve sexual and gender-based misconduct. Because the standard of proof in these cases is less than “beyond a reasonable doubt” (i.e. more likely than not), these cases are very difficult to defend and require a lot of time and experience. Trip also defends students accused of violating Auburn University’s Code of Student Conduct.
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.
Walton Law Firm has also been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, which is a select group of lawyers who have been recognized for their legal expertise and professional stature.
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 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. 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.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.