“An active trial lawyer must consider everything, which includes not only the case, the personality of his client, his own character traits, and even . . . the weather.” — Robert Goldman, The Modern Art of Cross-Examination (1993).
Legal cases frequently present a variety issues that evolve and require different solutions. Jay Sewell uses his lessons from previous trials and his professional experience to address the legal issues facing his clients and strives to find the best outcome for each case. Whether he’s advocating for a white-collar defendant in a criminal trial or representing clients in lawsuits ranging from business disputes to claims of major personal injuries, Jay relentlessly pursues the best results for his clients under any given circumstance.
A Decatur, Georgia native, Jay joined Lightfoot, Franklin, & White in 2015. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jay graduated at the top of his class at the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy before working as a police officer and detective. During his time in law enforcement, Jay investigated a wide variety of cases including catastrophic car crashes, all manners of theft and fraud, and violent crimes.
Jay graduated first in his class from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. During his time at Cumberland, Jay served as a Junior Editor and then eventually Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Jay served as an Associate Justice and then the Chief Justice on the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Executive Board. He also developed advocacy skills as a member of Cumberland’s National Moot Court team, travelling to Seattle and Boston to compete in the ABA’s prestigious National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Jay extensively studied litigation skills, taking advanced classes in trial advocacy and evidence.
Following his second year of law school, Jay was admitted to practice as a student, during which time he tried cases in district and circuit courts. Additionally, Jay received several Scholar of Merit awards for academic excellence in multiple classes, along with the M. Alan Stephens Award and the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award.
Outside of work, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their dog Bentley. Jay is an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers, and he is a lifelong follower of his hometown Atlanta Braves. Jay also volunteers with the YMCA’s Alabama Youth in Government Program and Youth Judicial Conference.
- Represented former company executive in public corruption trial in the Northern District of Georgia
- Represented apartment property owners and managers in premises liability claims
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Presentations & Publications
- Note, "Criminal Procedure—Self-Incrimination—Persons Subjected to Noncustodial Interrogation Must Say They Want to Remain Silent to Invoke Fifth Amendment Protection." Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013), 44 Cumberland Law Review 543 (2013–2014).
- Recent Decision, "Youthful Offender Convictions, Sentencing, & Identification Procedures", 44 Cumberland Law Review 588 (2013–2014) (discussing United States v. Elliot, 732 F.3d 1307 (11th Cir. 2013)).
- Comment, "Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Change of Venue in Alabama Criminal Courts", 45 Cumberland Law Review 141 (2014–2015).