Jeannie B. Walston

Of Counsel

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Phone: 205-443-2760
Fax: 334-262-6277

Jeannie is a crucial member of the litigation section in the Birmingham office, specializing in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including product liability, federal black lung cases, workers’ compensation, and commercial disputes. She has over 30 years of experience representing mining and mineral companies in a wide array of claims, including mineral rights, contractual issues, environmental and toxic tort issues, and workers’ compensation matters. Her profound knowledge of coal mining practices and operations allows her to successfully defend each claim at all levels of the litigation process.

Throughout her legal career, Jeannie has been a reliable resource for coal mining companies and entities in the coal industry. Her success in defending these claims underscores her commitment to providing comprehensive legal support, while prioritizing a client-centered approach.

Honors & Awards

Jeannie’s achievements in the legal field have earned her repeated recognition as a top litigator. Jeannie has been named to Best Lawyers in America each year since 2010. She has also achieved the high honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year in Worker’s Compensation Law-Employers” in 2023 and 2017. She has been named a “Super Lawyer in Alabama” by Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine; included in the “Top Lawyers” list by The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living; and selected as one of “2022 America’s Most Honored Lawyers” by The American Registry. Additionally, she has been AV Preeminent Peer Rated in Martindale-Hubbell since 2000 and has been included in the “Women Leaders in the Law.”

Jeannie’s leadership extends beyond her practice, having served as the President and Vice President of the Worker’s Compensation Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. She also held the role of Secretary/Treasurer for the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Defense Lawyers Association (AWCDLA) from 2017 – 2023, and she was appointed by the Alabama State Bar President to serve on a special task force to address issues with the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.

Presentations

Jeannie serves as an Adjunct Professor for Worker’s Compensation Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. She has spoken on numerous occasions about subjects including all aspects of the Federal Black Lung and Alabama Workers’ Compensation Acts; workplace injuries and medical benefits; drug and alcohol testing in Alabama; hearing loss pneumoconiosis and other occupational disease claims; handling and litigating coal mining claims, including federal black lung claims; and Medicare and HIPAA compliance.

Personal Interests & Community Involvement

Beyond her professional endeavors, Jeannie enjoys spending time with her two children, Banks and Lauren, and her husband, David, and she loves to travel. Her passion for volunteer work is evident in her roles as a board member of the Estelle & Charles Campbell Charitable Foundation, founding board member of the Heroes Scholarship Fund for underprivileged youth, and current service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Alabama. Additionally, she holds the honorary chairmanship of Big Brothers & Big Sisters 50th Anniversary, marking her as the first female and first sibling in this role.

Jeannie is a crucial member of the litigation section in the Birmingham office, specializing in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including product liability, federal black lung cases, workers’ compensation, and commercial disputes. She has over 30 years of experience representing mining and mineral companies in a wide array of claims, including mineral rights, contractual issues, environmental and toxic tort issues, and workers’ compensation matters. Her profound knowledge of coal mining practices and operations allows her to successfully defend each claim at all levels of the litigation process.

Throughout her legal career, Jeannie has been a reliable resource for coal mining companies and entities in the coal industry. Her success in defending these claims underscores her commitment to providing comprehensive legal support, while prioritizing a client-centered approach.

Honors & Awards

Jeannie’s achievements in the legal field have earned her repeated recognition as a top litigator. Jeannie has been named to Best Lawyers in America each year since 2010. She has also achieved the high honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year in Worker’s Compensation Law-Employers” in 2023 and 2017. She has been named a “Super Lawyer in Alabama” by Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine; included in the “Top Lawyers” list by The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living; and selected as one of “2022 America’s Most Honored Lawyers” by The American Registry. Additionally, she has been AV Preeminent Peer Rated in Martindale-Hubbell since 2000 and has been included in the “Women Leaders in the Law.”

Jeannie’s leadership extends beyond her practice, having served as the President and Vice President of the Worker’s Compensation Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. She also held the role of Secretary/Treasurer for the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Defense Lawyers Association (AWCDLA) from 2017 – 2023, and she was appointed by the Alabama State Bar President to serve on a special task force to address issues with the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.

Presentations

Jeannie serves as an Adjunct Professor for Worker’s Compensation Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. She has spoken on numerous occasions about subjects including all aspects of the Federal Black Lung and Alabama Workers’ Compensation Acts; workplace injuries and medical benefits; drug and alcohol testing in Alabama; hearing loss pneumoconiosis and other occupational disease claims; handling and litigating coal mining claims, including federal black lung claims; and Medicare and HIPAA compliance.

Personal Interests & Community Involvement

Beyond her professional endeavors, Jeannie enjoys spending time with her two children, Banks and Lauren, and her husband, David, and she loves to travel. Her passion for volunteer work is evident in her roles as a board member of the Estelle & Charles Campbell Charitable Foundation, founding board member of the Heroes Scholarship Fund for underprivileged youth, and current service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Alabama. Additionally, she holds the honorary chairmanship of Big Brothers & Big Sisters 50th Anniversary, marking her as the first female and first sibling in this role.

  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1989
  • J.D., University of Alabama, 1992
  • Alabama State Bar
  • All Alabama State Courts
  • All Federal District Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals