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Jack “Trip” Smalley III

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Known for taking on some of the biggest and most powerful companies and people in the State, Trip is not afraid to stand up for what’s right. Trip’s attention to detail, intelligence, and tenacity are combined with a sense of compassion and empathy for his clients that helps set him apart. Trip’s experience gives him the ability to plan three steps ahead, whether it be preparing for litigation or ensuring the proper steps are taken to obtain a favorable settlement before trial.

Trip has obtained millions of dollars for his clients in a variety of contexts, including mass-torts, environmental pollution, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and similar cases involving serious misconduct and catastrophic injuries. Trip specializes in 18 wheeler accidents. In addition to being a member of our truck accident team, he is also a member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. Most recently, Trip has been on the forefront of Alabama law in representing families who have suffered the wrongful loss of their IVF embryos.

Trip was born and raised in Tuscaloosa. His mom is also an attorney, and she inspired him to fight for those who had been wronged, and to stand up for what’s right. He attended Tulane University where he double-majored in History and Philosophy, graduating with honors in 2005. While in college, Trip volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and as a tutor in the New Orleans Public School System.

Trip attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008. During law school, he received the prestigious Dean’s Community Service Award for his leadership in giving back to the community. He now lives in Mobile, Alabama.

Bar Admissions, Certifications, and Associations

  • The Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • The Alabama State Bar Association
  • The South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Alabama Association for Justice
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
  • National Civil Justice Institute


University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Editor for the Alabama Law Review
  • Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • Dean’s Community Service Award
  • Best Paper Award: Decedents’ Estates, Trusts, Fiduciary Obligations, Secured Credit Transactions, The Legal Profession, Family Law, Labor Law

Tulane University, B.A. Philosophy and History, Cum Laude

  • Tulane Honor Student and Dean’s List
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Eta Sigma academic honor societies