JT started work at Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C. in 2002, after graduating from Cumberland School of Law, where he was a staff writer for the Cumberland Law Review, on the Dean's List, recipient of the "Best Brief Award," and participant in various moot court and trial advocacy programs. Since starting at Lightfoot, JT’s practice has focused in the areas of product liability, premises liability, personal injury, insurance (claims handling and sales practices), defense of medical professionals and attorneys, and general business litigation. He thrives on the dynamic, fast paced challenges involved in his work, and tries to manage his cases with a creative, proactive goal-oriented approach. JT is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and was selected as a rising star in the 2010 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers for his medical malpractice work.
Before law school, JT played varsity soccer at the University of the South, then earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder (1997), where he also became an avid back-country skier and worked for a Crested Butte company making handmade-aspen wood furniture. From there, he accepted a position with CNN in its Denver bureau covering the Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City bombing trial. JT then went to work for another Time-Warner company, Southern Progress Corporation, as an assistant editor for Coastal Living magazine, based in his hometown of Birmingham.
JT and his wife, Garner, are the proud parents of two young children, Whatley and Liza. They are socially active in their local church and community. JT enjoys golf, snow skiing, reading, and University of Alabama football.