Trial Attorney

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

Notable Work

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.

In addition:

  • 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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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
    Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25

    Membership in the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25 is reserved for the top 25 attorneys in the state who best exemplify superior qualifications in the organization’s ranking factors: reputation, leadership, influence, advocacy training, and continuing legal education.

  • ABA

    Members of the American Bar Association work to uphold the organization’s mission of “defending liberty and delivering justice.” Attorneys are expected to act in ways that eliminate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    The American Board of Trial Advocates and its members aim to foster improvement in both the ethical and technical standards of the legal field. Attorneys are held to high standards of integrity, honor, courtesy, and education/training.

  • AV Preeminent
    AV Preeminent

    The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating™ symbolizes strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Selected attorneys have been evaluated on their professional legal abilities and the services they have to offer.

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
    American Society of Legal Advocates

    Less than 1.5% of attorneys across the nation are selected for membership in the American Society of Legal Advocates. These attorneys have demonstrated proven commitment to their practice and hold themselves to the highest professional standards.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    The Best Lawyers in America uses a tried and true peer review process to select the top legal talent in America. Lawyers who make the list are recognized as the most sophisticated, transparent, and conscientious in their fields.

  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Best Lawyers 2018

    Every year, the Best Lawyers organization publishes a list of best lawyers and best law firms in the state, recognizing those with commendable professional achievements.

  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
    Americas Top 100 Attorneys

    Only the most qualified and accomplished legal professionals are selected to the prestigious list of American’s Top 100 Attorneys. The organization uses proprietary methodology to select the top 100 attorneys from a given state.

  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice

    The American Association for Justice’s mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system, and that’s exactly what attorneys who are members of the organization work to do.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    This is an invitation-only fellowship consisting of trial lawyers from diverse backgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected lawyers have demonstrated the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, trial advocacy, integrity, and collegiality.

  • Multi-Million Advocates
    Multi-Million Advocates

    Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is limited to only those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. The organization is so prestigious that fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members.

  • American Judicature Society
    American Judicature Society

    Members of the American Judicature Society aid in the organization’s mission to secure and promote an independent, qualified judiciary, along with a fair system of justice.

  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
    US News Best Law Firms 2019

    Qualitative and quantitative data are used to rate the overall best law firms in the nation. Law firms are rated using a tiering system that compares legal practices in similar metro areas.

  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
    Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

    Members of ATLA are committed to protecting the safety and health of families in Arkansas by increasing consumer protections and preserving people’s right to trial by jury.

  • Benchmark Litigation
    Benchmark Litigation

    We are proud to be included in Benchmark Litigation’s annual publication, which serves as America’s definitive guide to leading litigation firms and lawyers.

  • Alabama Association for Justice
    Alabama Association for Justice

    Attorneys and members of the Alabama Association for Justice work to protect and preserve people’s constitutional right to trial by jury by ensuring that victims of misconduct and/or negligence can hold their wrongdoers accountable.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Fellowship in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is by invitation-only and involves a carefully crafted vetting process.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    The era’s best advocates are recognized and invited to come together as part of the International Society of Barristers, where they are expected to support common goals of upholding justice and improving legal advocacy, among others.

  • Kentucky Justice Association
    Kentucky Justice Association

    The Kentucky Justice Association and its members act as a voice for consumers, working to protect their health and safety and to preserve their right to trial by jury.

  • Lawdragon 2017
    Lawdragon 2017

    Every year, Lawdragon publishes a guide that lists the nation’s leading lawyers, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

    The Academy’s mission to provide advanced educational opportunities helps personal injury attorneys like ourselves ensure our clients are provided with the best representation available.

  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
    National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts

    The National Law Journal is considered to be the nation’s premiere legal source for timely, trusted legal news, and we are proud to have their list of top 100 verdicts.

  • National Trial Lawyers
    National Trial Lawyers

    Membership in the National Trial Lawyers organization is by invitation-only and is reserved for only the most qualified attorneys in their respective fields of practice.

  • Top 40 Under 40
    Top 40 Under 40

    Membership in this exclusive organization is extended only to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in a given geographic location.

  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
    NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers

    The NBLSC offers board certification to trial lawyers and is recognized as the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the entire world.

  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
    Phoenix Club of Birmingham

    Young, professional men who are members of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham have the opportunity to support the organization’s mission to impact the direction of the local community’s youth through interaction and fund-raising opportunities.

  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
    Plaintiffs Steering Committee

    We proudly sit on the plaintiff’s steering committee, where we have the ability to direct multi-district litigation along with other lawyers on the committee.

  • SuperLawyers

    A patented, multiphase selection process is used to choose attorneys for the Super Lawyers® organization. Both peer recognitions and professional achievements are assessed to select the top lawyers in a given state.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers Rising Star

    Only attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or less, can be selected to the prestigious list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars.

  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
    Tennessee Trial Lawyers

    All citizens, families, and small businesses should have access to justice, and that is the mission of TTLA. Members of the association are committed to protecting and upholding people’s right to justice and trial by jury.

  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
    Top Ranked USA Chambers

    Through independent research, Chambers assesses a number of criteria to collect information on the top-ranking law firms in the country.

  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
    Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award

    We are honored to have been selected to Arkansas Magazine’s annual pick of the very best lawyers and law firms in the state.

  • National Featured Verdict
    National Featured Verdict

    Only the top verdicts in a given field, and from a given state, are listed here. We are honored that some of our verdicts have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
    Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Top Rated Lawyers
    Top Rated Lawyers

    Top-rated lawyers are those who have been identified by as the most elite in their corresponding fields of practice.

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