John Brinkley files disability claims, handles personal injury/wrongful death cases, along with worker’s compensation claims, defends those accused of crimes, and properly addresses domestic relations matters – a Trial Lawyer.
John graduated from a local high school, attended in-state universities and law schools. John is married to the former Kristen Leigh Davis of Pinson and they have five children and another on the way – Wini (2005), John (2007), Lyn (2009), Andy (2011), George (2014) and Baby Boy Brinkley (May 2016). He is actively engaged in the general trial practice of law in Alabama handling civil claims, personal injury cases, criminal defense, domestic relations and DISABILITY.
Upon passing the bar, John was admitted to practice in the United States District Court – Northern District of Alabama and all the state courts in Alabama. He joined the state bar and the local bar where he serves on its Executive Committee. John was co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee facilitating free monthly CLEs for local bar members and the twelve (12) hour Last Chance Seminar. John was also on the Executive Board for the Madison County Young Lawyers Section (MCYL) for several years before becoming president. During his time as a MCYL board member, the Judicial Appreciation Party began and flourished into yearly event thanking the judges in Madison County, including its municipalities and towns, for their hard work. Attendees bring their significant others to meet other families in the legal community.
Additionally, John serves as Chair to the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program (MCVLP) after being recruited merely as a volunteer and becoming a board member. New life was breathed into the MCVLP, which grew from 30 lawyers in 2005, to roughly 300 in 2015. Now, it closes over 400 cases per year assisting those who need it most and have the fewest resources to allocate to reach justice or have their day in court. John is very proud of the growth and hopes to continue assisting people in need.
The Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit appointed John as one of three attorneys to be on the Local Indigent Defense Advisory Board. This board determined the most efficient and effective method of handling indigent cases in Madison County for those facing incarceration without sufficient means to afford effective counsel. Additionally, he was one of five local attorneys placed on the Indigent Representation Administration Committee to administer the court-appointed indigent defense plan adopted in the circuit. He served from 2010 to 2014 in these capacities.
At the Alabama State Bar, John serves as a member of: Pro Bono Task Member, Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program Member, Solo and Small Firm Task Force, and Criminal Justice Board Member for the Alabama State Bar, and as an alternate for the Character and Fitness Committee Member. In 2015, he was elected again by his peers to the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit for a second three (3) year term representing the local attorneys and the State Bar.