William 'Trip' Ora Walton

Walton Law Firm, P.C.
Walton Law Firm, P.C.
1710 Catherine Ct Ste B, Auburn, AL 36830 United States

President & “The Fighter”

After many years of practicing law with a large prestigious firm, Trip Walton decided to build his own firm around a core of attorneys with superior trial skills, who would share the same goal of standing up and fighting for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves. Trip is a former Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Champion. The values of a fighter are honor, dignity, pride and sportsmanship. Trip learned that aggressive hard work, persistence and diligence pay off – in the boxing ring and in the courtroom. Let Walton Law Firm fight for you!

Trip has a well-earned reputation in the Personal Injury, Tractor Trailer Collision, Traumatic Brain Injury and Mediation arena. Trip is highly regarded in these areas of practice and has been asked to speak at various professional conferences across the country. Trip has tirelessly fought, standing up to the big insurance companies, winning multi-million and million dollar settlements for his clients.

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.

In 2022, Trip was named to the 2023 Best Lawyers® List and in 2023, Trip was named to the 2024 Best Lawyers List. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication company in the legal profession. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. For more than four decades, our publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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. In 2020 Mr. Walton joined a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars by accepting a fellowship of the American Bar Association. In 2023, Trip Walton was voted by Opelika-Auburn News People's Choice Award for Best Lawyer | Attorney.

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 offenses. 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.

Speaking Engagements

Trip has taught classes and seminars on various topics, including:

Utah Association of Justice, 2017 Auto Spectacular “Mediation Strategies in Tractor-Trailer Cases” Salt Lake City, Utah (2017)

Chambers County Forestry Association “Experts in Litigation”, Lafayette, AL (2017)

APITLA National Interstate Trucking “Super Summit” Mediation Tool-Kit in Tractor-Trailer Cases, St. Augustine, Florida (2016)

Alabama Lawyers Association of Justice “Summer Convention” Mediation Essentials for Tractor-Trailer Cases, Destin, Florida (2015)

Gamma Phi Beta “Know Your Rights”, Auburn, AL (2014)

Tort Law Conference for Alabama Attorneys “Mediation in Tractor-Trailer Cases” A Winning Approach, Birmingham, AL (2013)

Jones School of Law “Lunch with Lawyers” Trial Lawyers Prospective, Montgomery, AL (2013)

National Business Institute “Litigating Low Impact Cases” (MIST), Montgomery, AL (2013)

National Business Institute (Webinar) “Mediation and Subrogation Liens” (2013)

Alabama Lawyers Association for Justice “Summer Convention” Tractor-Trailer Collisions, Destin, FL (2013)

Kappa Alpha Order “Know Your Rights”, Auburn, AL (2013)

Rotary Club “Trail Lawyers Prospective”, West Point, GA (2013)

APITLA Top Guns II, “Tractor-Trailer Mediation” St. Lewis, MO (2013)

Lee County Bar Association “Tractor-Trailer Mediation”, Opelika, AL (2013)

Gamma Phi Beta “Know Your Rights”, Auburn, AL (2013)

Tallapoosa County Bar Association “Tractor-Trailer Mediation”, Alexander City, AL (2012)

Lee County Bar Association “Motor Vehicle Collision Start to Finish” Opelika, AL (2012)

Lee County Bar Association “Road Collision Litigation: Key Tactics” Opelika, AL (2011)

Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association “Behold Mediation”, Little Rock, Arkansas (2011)

Chambers County Bar Association “Motor Vehicle Collisions Start to Finish”, Lanett, AL (2011)

National Business Institute “Tractor-Trailer Crashes” Montgomery, AL (2011)

National Business Institute “Handling the Auto Injury Claim” Montgomery, AL (2010)

Jones Law School “Motor Vehicle Collision Start to Finish”, Montgomery, AL (2010)

National Business Institute “Pedestrian Injury Litigation”, Montgomery, AL (2010)

Montgomery County Bar Association “Motor Vehicle Collision Start to Finish” Montgomery, AL (2010)

National Business Institute “Subrogation and Liens in Auto Accident Litigation”, Montgomery, AL (2009)

National Business Institute “Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients” Montgomery, AL (2008)

National Business Institute “Truck Accident Litigation”, Montgomery, AL (2008)

National Business Institute “How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases”, Montgomery, AL (2007)

National Business Institute “ Strategies for Successfully Trying the Automobile Injury Case”, Montgomery, AL (2005)

Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Winter Meeting “Taking the Case to State District Court”, Birmingham, AL (2004)

Nation Business Institute “Trying the Automobile Injury Case”, Montgomery, AL (2003)

Peoples Court Law School “Killer Trucks”, Opelika, AL (2000)

Local Outreach

Mr. Walton has been active in many local community organizations, including:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, Board Member

• Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, Elected Member

• YMCA Board of Directors – Lee County, Chairman

• Lee County Youth Judicial Program, Director

• Kiwanis of Lee County, Distinguished Service Award

• Southern Union State Community College, Adjunct Professor

• Opelika-Auburn All Millennium Football Team, Member

• First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, Alabama, Member

• Eagle Scout of Advisory Board

• Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

• Auburn Chamber of Commerce

• Chamber of Commerce

• Opelika Chamber of Commerce

Charitable Contributions:

• American Cancer Society

• Alabama Narcotics Officers Association

• Alabama School of Law Building Fund

• Auburn Anglers

• Auburn University

• Auburn City Schools

• Auburn High School

• Auburn Tigers Football Booster

• Auburn Tigers Track & Field Booster

• Benjamin Russell High School

• Beulah High School

• Beauregard High School

• Beauregard Quarterback Club

• Boy Scouts of America

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County Be a Champion Sponsor

• Bread of Life Ministries

• Camp ASCCA

• Chambers Academy

• Chambers County Boys & Girls Clubs

• Chambers County Juvenile Drug Court

• Chambers County Saddle Club

• Chambers County Sheriffs Rodeo

• Christian Service Center

• Committee for Missing Children

• Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

• Dean Road Elementary School

• East Alabama Medical Center Foundation

• Firefighters Charitable Foundation

• Fraternal Order of Police

• Gospel Concerts throughout Alabama

• Hudson Family Foundation

• Huntington College

• Lafayette Public Building Authority – Contribution for Joe Louis Statue

• Lee-Scott Academy

• March of Dimes

• Opelika High School

• Operation Lookout

• Pat Garrett Rodeo Chambers County

• Saint James Academy

• Saint James Trojan Football

• Saint James High School Football Helmets

• Sanford Middle School

• Special Olympics

• “Stepping Up Alabama” for State Board of Education

• Trinity School in Montgomery, AL

• United Methodist Children’s Home

• United Way

• Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation

• Wrights Mill Road Elementary

• Zambia, Africa – Solely funded a community’s first water well

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