John Smith Heashot

John G. Smith

Partner Montgomery
(334) 269-3150
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Education
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 1992
  • Auburn University
    B.A., History, 1989, Political Science and Economics minors, additional study in Psychology
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1992
About John
Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    Residential and commercial waste haulers, trucking companies, food packagers, insurers, state and local governments and their agencies, commercial utilities, homeowners associations, contractors, light industry, and religious organizations.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    Before I joined Balch in 2004, I practiced law in a three-man law firm in a small town. I was literally "thrown into the fire" and began trying lawsuits the week after I was admitted to the bar in 1992. That is what I have done ever since. My work has provided me with a broad base of experience not only with legal issues but also in knowing and understanding various types of individuals from sophisticated executives and business owners to underprivileged individuals and everyone in between. Out of necessity, I developed skills in order to work with people from varied walks of life who had different circumstances and life experiences. This has given me a unique insight in relating to clients and witnesses and in striking juries regardless of the type of matter.

  • Which Courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients?
MORE ABOUT John
    Education
    • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Auburn University, B.A., History, 1989, Political Science and Economics minors, additional study in Psychology
    Courts
    • Supreme Court of Alabama, 1992
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1992
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2000
    Bar Admissions
    • Alabama, 1992
    Professional Affiliations
    • Alabama State Bar
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association
    Awards & Accolades
    • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America,  2017
    Community Involvement
    • First Baptist Church, Tallassee, Alabama, Deacon
    • Tallassee Community Hospital, Board of Directors
    • Youth football and baseball coach
    • Pro-bono representation of death row inmate