Practice Groups

Education

  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004
  • J.D., cum laude, Mississippi College School of Law, 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program

Admitted To Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • All Alabama State Courts

Jessica P. Trotman

Associate

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Phone: 334-206-3126
Fax: 334-481-0822
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Since joining the firm as an associate in 2009, Ms. Trotman’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation, with a primary focus on media law, professional liability, and insurance defense. Ms. Trotman has handled a variety of litigation matters for her clients, including legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, uninsured/underinsured motorist defense, and other complex litigation matters. Before joining the firm, Ms. Trotman clerked for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, after clerking for the Honorable W. Swan Yerger, presiding judge of the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi.

Recent Practice Highlights

In what may be the first test of the Alabama Heavy Equipment Dealer Act, on Feb. 12, 2016, an Autauga County jury awarded a Rushton Stakely client lost profits of over $4.9 million against a heavy equipment manufacturer due to termination in violation of the Act.  The client had been a dealer of heavy equipment for 19 years when it was terminated in 2014. The jury determined the termination was without good cause. The trial judge, Hon. Sibley Reynolds, also determined as a matter of law that the termination letter failed to provide 120 days advance notice. The Alabama Heavy Equipment Dealer Act, which was enacted in 2009, allows for the recovery of lost profits and also allows a successful dealer to recover reasonable attorney fees and costs. Deirdre Russell of Business Appraisals & Consulting, Inc. testified to the past and future lost profits of the Plaintiff. Dennis R. Bailey tried the case for the dealer. J. Evans Bailey and Jessica Trotman assisted in preparing the case for trial.

Mrs. Trotman, along with Alan T. Hargrove, Jr. and Paul James, Jr., has won defense judgments workers’ compensation matters, on issues of proper notice and compensable injuries under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.

With Robert C. Ward, Mrs. Trotman’s client was granted summary judgment on all counts in a suit where the Plaintiffs claimed a swimming pool store failed to properly instruct the Plaintiffs on the use of the product, and that the product was sold in a defective condition, resulting in extensive injuries to the Plaintiffs’ sons. 

In the media law field, Mrs. Trotman has successfully defended newspapers against invasion of privacy and defamation claims.  Recently, Mrs. Trotman was granted summary judgment in federal court for her newspaper client.  The Plaintiff asserted the newspaper invaded his privacy and caused him irreparable harm after the newspaper published a story questioning his business dealings.  Combining her employment law and media law knowledge, Mrs. Trotman has also drafted the 2016 Media Law 50 State Survey on Employment Privacy Law – Alabama Section.

In her other general litigation endeavors, Mrs. Trotman has obtained a judgment of $190,000 in a contract dispute case, received a defense verdict in an underinsured motorist action where the plaintiff’s medical expenses were more than $90,000, attained a defense verdict in a case involving a motor vehicle accident where liability rested with the defendant, acquired a defense verdict involving a rear-end collision which led to the plaintiff missing three weeks of work,  been granted summary judgment in an underinsured motorist case, and was granted summary judgment in a premises liability action.

Honors and Awards

Mrs. Trotman is a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Junior Board. While attending UAB, Ms. Trotman was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Golden Key Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition, she received the “License to Learn” Scholarship, and she served as the Cheerleader Squad Captain. In law school, Mrs. Trotman was a member of the Moot Court Board. 

Community Involvement

Mrs. Trotman serves as a loan account executive for the River Region United Way. She is a member of First Baptist Church Montgomery. She is married to William Trotman of Montgomery.  They have two children.

Since joining the firm as an associate in 2009, Ms. Trotman’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation, with a primary focus on media law, professional liability, and insurance defense. Ms. Trotman has handled a variety of litigation matters for her clients, including legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, uninsured/underinsured motorist defense, and other complex litigation matters. Before joining the firm, Ms. Trotman clerked for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, after clerking for the Honorable W. Swan Yerger, presiding judge of the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi.

Recent Practice Highlights

In what may be the first test of the Alabama Heavy Equipment Dealer Act, on Feb. 12, 2016, an Autauga County jury awarded a Rushton Stakely client lost profits of over $4.9 million against a heavy equipment manufacturer due to termination in violation of the Act.  The client had been a dealer of heavy equipment for 19 years when it was terminated in 2014. The jury determined the termination was without good cause. The trial judge, Hon. Sibley Reynolds, also determined as a matter of law that the termination letter failed to provide 120 days advance notice. The Alabama Heavy Equipment Dealer Act, which was enacted in 2009, allows for the recovery of lost profits and also allows a successful dealer to recover reasonable attorney fees and costs. Deirdre Russell of Business Appraisals & Consulting, Inc. testified to the past and future lost profits of the Plaintiff. Dennis R. Bailey tried the case for the dealer. J. Evans Bailey and Jessica Trotman assisted in preparing the case for trial.

Mrs. Trotman, along with Alan T. Hargrove, Jr. and Paul James, Jr., has won defense judgments workers’ compensation matters, on issues of proper notice and compensable injuries under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.

With Robert C. Ward, Mrs. Trotman’s client was granted summary judgment on all counts in a suit where the Plaintiffs claimed a swimming pool store failed to properly instruct the Plaintiffs on the use of the product, and that the product was sold in a defective condition, resulting in extensive injuries to the Plaintiffs’ sons. 

In the media law field, Mrs. Trotman has successfully defended newspapers against invasion of privacy and defamation claims.  Recently, Mrs. Trotman was granted summary judgment in federal court for her newspaper client.  The Plaintiff asserted the newspaper invaded his privacy and caused him irreparable harm after the newspaper published a story questioning his business dealings.  Combining her employment law and media law knowledge, Mrs. Trotman has also drafted the 2016 Media Law 50 State Survey on Employment Privacy Law – Alabama Section.

In her other general litigation endeavors, Mrs. Trotman has obtained a judgment of $190,000 in a contract dispute case, received a defense verdict in an underinsured motorist action where the plaintiff’s medical expenses were more than $90,000, attained a defense verdict in a case involving a motor vehicle accident where liability rested with the defendant, acquired a defense verdict involving a rear-end collision which led to the plaintiff missing three weeks of work,  been granted summary judgment in an underinsured motorist case, and was granted summary judgment in a premises liability action.

Honors and Awards

Mrs. Trotman is a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Junior Board. While attending UAB, Ms. Trotman was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Golden Key Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition, she received the “License to Learn” Scholarship, and she served as the Cheerleader Squad Captain. In law school, Mrs. Trotman was a member of the Moot Court Board. 

Community Involvement

Mrs. Trotman serves as a loan account executive for the River Region United Way. She is a member of First Baptist Church Montgomery. She is married to William Trotman of Montgomery.  They have two children.

  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004
  • J.D., cum laude, Mississippi College School of Law, 2009
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • All Alabama State Courts