Jason practices, teaches, and writes about the law. Before moving to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jason was a lawyer in Kentucky and Colorado where he represented the interests of consumers and small businesses. In Alabama, he has used his experience and knowledge of the law in different states and across several disciplines to build a dedicated and broad legal practice.
Jason tries cases. He has litigated in the federal courts cases involving retirement benefits, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and social security. He has litigated state cases on behalf of individuals, families, and businesses. The types of civil cases he has worked include the litigation of family trust, employment disputes, slip and falls, car accidents, and contract disputes. Jason has experience with real estate cases including those involving easements, adverse possession, home owner associations, boundary disputes, foreclosure, landlord-tenant, and purchase and sale of property. And in the domestic arena he has assisted scores of clients with divorces, alimony, child custody, and property division – including victims of domestic violence. If you think you have a case, Jason wants to help you.
Jason looks for solutions. He has written and revised contracts, helped clients sell their business, formed and dissolved small businesses, drafted wills and trusts, prepared leases, and provided advice to countless clients. If you have questions about what to do next, Jason wants to help you.
The benefit of practicing several areas of law is that it allows a lawyer to pull rules and experiences from the various disciplines. Legal concepts encountered in one area often help in another because areas of law overlap. Jason believes his experience litigating and teaching in different areas of law gives him a unique perspective on his clients’ cases.
Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate
Every adult should have a will.Every family should have a plan.Through wills, trusts, and other devices you can and should plan ahead to protect your family and to protect your assets.Probate is the process through which the directions in a will are carried out, under court supervision. Contact Jason about preparing a will or to help you carry out your obligations as a personal representative in probate.
Property & Real Estate
Real estate disputes are among the most common disputes Jason has seen.Property and the right to possess and use property are valuable assets to be protected.Jason has represented all sides in lawsuits involving boundaries, rentals, easements, sale of property, foreclosure, mechanics liens, and others.
Businesses go through several phases over their life cycle: the beginning and incorporation, the operation, and the sale or dissolution.In the beginning you need not only to file the right forms for the state to recognize your business, but you need to create the operating documents that direct how it should run as well.Once a business is running there are issues of employment, contracts, and collection to be dealt with.Eventually, or in parts a business might dissolve, split in two, or need to be sold or passed on to family.Jason has dealt with small businesses at all phases of their existence.Contact him to help you with yours.
Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection
Bankruptcy is the process through which individuals and businesses can reorganize and sometimes wipe the slate clean of past debts and obligations.Consumer protection is the area of law that deals with issues of debt collection, credit reporting, foreclosure and others.Over his career Jason has represented all sides in conflicts between those that borrowed money and those that are owed money.He has helped banks collect money and fought against them in cases of unjust foreclosure and violations of debt collection laws.
The Social Security Administration has a robust and complex system for reviewing and deciding claims.A disability claim does not end with the first denial of a claim.If you are unable to work, you may eligible for benefits despite what the Social Security Administration initially tells you.
Civil trials include everything from contract disputes with contractors - to employment disputes over termination, non-competes, and trade secrets – to discrimination claims – to personal injury for car accidents and slip-and-falls – and lots more.Jason has worked on large personal injury cases, disputes over small home remodeling jobs, fights between employers and employees, and other civil cases.
Family law cases are often the most difficult for clients both to get started and to settle.Jason has over a dozen years representing husbands and wives, mothers and fathers in domestic cases.He has represented victims of domestic violence, married persons without children, and individuals with lots of kids.He’s represented those whose only assets are the house and retirement, and those with millions in assets to be protected.
After your trial or hearing has ended, a new phase of your case is just beginning, the appeal.Not all cases should be appealed, but if the trial or hearing didn’t go as planned contact Jason about the appeal, including post-conviction work in a criminal case.Jason has a particular interest in appeals and may be able to take you appeal on a fixed fee.He follows appellate decisions and writes about some of them on his Alabama Appeals blog.
In the year before moving to Tuscaloosa, Jason was a visiting assistant professor in the Legal Studies Program at Morehead State University where he taught a variety of classes those pertaining to: Real Estate, Contracts, Family Law, Employment, Torts (personal injury), and Trial Skills.
Jason is a Colorado Bar Fellow and winner of the 2014 American Bar Association Journal’s Ross Writing Contest for Short Legal Fiction.He has served on the boards of several non-profits and is been a member of Rotary.He has been active in and served bar organizations including the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Mesa County Bar Association.Jason is a member of the Tuscaloosa Bar Association and is active in the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Each case is different, and the results obtained in the cases listed above may not be possible in your particular case.The cases are listed not to imply that a particular result is achievable in your case, rather they are intended to show some of the types of cases this lawyer has handled in the past.The following describes some of Jason’s experience: