After clerking at Hare Wynn as a student, Jamie started as a trial lawyer at the firm in 2003 fresh out of Vanderbilt Law School. He experienced many early successes as a young lawyer, and his practice grew in a variety of areas as clients and other lawyers began to call on him to handle more complex cases.
While in law school, Jamie realized that big corporations and insurance companies have plenty of help, but that sometimes, ordinary people need someone to fight for them.
“I’m deeply committed to the principle of equal justice for all, not just the wealthy and powerful, but also the downtrodden and the disadvantaged. Our courtrooms exist to level this playing field and to see that everyone gets fair justice under the law. The cases we handle make a difference in our communities and improve public safety,” Jamie says.
“Another extraordinarily satisfying aspect of practicing trial law, is watching juries of 12 people from all walks of life come together to deliberate on a just verdict. Most people simply don’t appreciate how hard jurors work to hear and decide these cases. It’s often a great sacrifice, but it can also offer a tremendous reward to know that one has honored the law and done the right thing. It’s not always easy, but the experience can also change the lives of the jurors themselves.”
During his career, Jamie has tried everything from month-long aviation accident cases in federal court to personal injury, automobile and bicycle accidents, and fraud and wrongful death actions in state courts. Some of his cases have involved copyrights, trade secrets, commercial disputes, product failures, employment contract actions, and insurance cases of all types.
Jamie enjoys living in Birmingham with his extended family, and is the uncle to a young niece and nephew. Outside of the office, Jamie enjoys the outdoors in the form of backpacking, hiking, and kayaking in addition to running, cycling, sailing, and golfing. He dabbles in photography, and a few years ago, he reached the Summit of Mount Rainier in Washington State on a beautiful fall morning after an all-night climb.
Jamie attended Auburn University, graduating in 2000, and attained his J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003.
- Auburn University, 2000
- Vanderbilt University Law School, 2003
Most recently, Jamie represented the families of two men killed in a 2015 crash near Odessa, Texas, which resulted in an $11 million settlement with the company that employed the driver involved in the crash – and was the 2nd largest settlement in Texas in 2017, according to the National Law Journal.
Though most cases are settled out of court, Jamie has been recognized twice by the National Law Journal in its prestigious “Top 100 List” for obtaining verdicts of $37.5 million in 2011, and $40 million in 2013. Both cases were widely reported as record verdicts under the dram shop laws, which hold restaurants and bars accountable when patrons who have been over-served seriously injure or kill innocent people.
In 2017, Jamie was a part of a trial team that successfully represented the nation’s corn growers in the first of eight certified state class action lawsuits against Syngenta, resulting in a verdict of nearly $218 million.
In 2014, Jamie obtained another record verdict of $4 million against an emergency room doctor who misdiagnosed a patient with a heart condition, which tragically later ended his life. Medical negligence cases have always been a major focus of Jamie’s practice, but he has always gone to great lengths to select only those truly egregious and meritorious cases to take to trial.
“Medical negligence cases can be extremely difficult for patients to win because the healthcare providers usually have unlimited access to expert witnesses who will line up to come to the aid of their fellow physicians. However, getting the truth across and obtaining a just verdict on behalf of a patient is extraordinarily satisfying—it can truly be a David versus Goliath situation,” he says. “Someone must be there to give a voice to the powerless –to the ordinary everyday person.”
Jamie has given lectures to lawyers in 47 states across the country and spends time teaching other lawyers and representing indigent clients in pro bono matters. In addition, he is a member of several professional organizations whose mission it is to preserve the right to trial by jury and to enrich the lives of the public through the stewardship of our civil justice system.
- Alabama, 2003
- Tennessee, 2003
- Mississippi, 2011
- West Virginia, 2012
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
- Alabama Association for Justice, Executive Committee & Sustaining Member
- Phoenix Club of Birmingham, Member
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
- Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Birmingham Bar Association, Civil Courts Procedures Committee (2012), Medical Liaison Committee, Chair (2016)
- Birmingham Bar Association, Member and Young Lawyers Executive Committee (2008-2010)
- American Inns of Court, Member
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Jamie has been recognized twice by the National Law Journal in its prestigious “Top 100 List” for obtaining verdicts of $37.5 million in 2011, and $40 million in 2013. In 2018, Attorney Moncus was selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers® for his tremendous success as a personal injury attorney. No more than 5% of all attorneys in a given state or region will become a Super Lawyers® member each year.
- Best Lawyers in America® (2016)
- Super Lawyers®, every year since 2013
- Super Lawyers®, Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2011 - 2012, 2018)
- AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers
- Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Honor Roll (2007)
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, Life Member
- The American Society of Legal Advocates
- B-Metro Top Flight Attorney (2019)
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