John F. Porter, III, P.C

John F. Porter, III, P.C

We represent local, national and international clients with a broad range of legal services.

Firm Overview

Since 1978, John F. Porter, III, P.C. has counseled national and international insurance, timber and manufacturing firms as well as local banks, utilities, school systems, construction companies and the Jackson County Commission. We are pleased to provide the personal and business legal services needed by our friends and neighbors as well, and are available to assist on all matters related to:

-Personal Injury -Wills/Trusts/Estates -Probate
-Family Law -Business Law
-Most areas of law

We litigate local disputes as well as landmark decisions.

At John F. Porter, III, P.C., our approach has always been conservative and professional. We work scrupulously and meticulously to eliminate impediments in the path of our clients' success. We offer honest appraisals and design intelligent strategies for achieving our clients' goals. Our dedication and persistence has taken us from the Jackson County Courthouse to the Supreme Court of the United States, where we prevailed in the precedent-setting case J.E.B. v Alabama.

We are a local firm with national prominence.

While J.E.B. marked an exciting milestone for our small town firm, we still practice law with both feet firmly on the ground, offering pragmatic and effective solutions to vexing legal problems. We are readily available to our clients and easily accessible. We promptly return all phone calls and email queries. Nevertheless, we are grateful to our legal peers who have recognized our commitment to professionalism and ethics, and are honored to be AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available in the legal field.
Main Office
Northside Courthouse Square
123 East Laurel Street
Scottsboro  AL  35768
  • (256) 574-5156
  • (256) 574-6552

Office Information

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Office Manager
Jan S. Porter
Languages Spoken
Auto Accident
Experienced Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at John F. Porter, III, P.C. have successfully helped injured clients recover just compensation for losses and damages resulting from Auto accidents.
Alabama Business Law Attorneys
Practice Areas:
-Personal Injury
-Wills/Trusts/Estates & Probate
-Family Law
-Business Law
Through mediation or litigation, our divorce law firm can help you gain equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights. J.E.B. v Alabama was a paternity case that began in the Jackson County Courthouse and was eventually successful in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Estate Planning
With 33 years of experience, the attorneys at John F. Porter, III, P.C. possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
Estate planning
The experienced attorneys at John F. Porter, III, P.C. can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.
Full-Service Family Law Firm in Scottsboro, Alabama
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, John F. Porter, III, P.C., Attorneys and Counselors can help. John F. Porter, III, P.C. has served families in Scottsboro for 33 years. Our family law attorneys provide legal services in a wide spectrum of areas:
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Child support modification
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Prenuptial agreements
Personal Injury
Experienced Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at John F. Porter, III, P.C. have successfully helped injured clients recover just compensation for losses and damages resulting from:
-Auto accidents
-Medical malpractice
-Unsafe products
-Dangerous drugs
-Unsafe work conditions

Personal injury claims are those in which the victim suffers physical or psychological injury directly resulting from another person's negligence. Our attorneys employ a practical, professional approach to ensure our clients obtain full and fair recovery for their injuries, including damages for their past and future medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Through our extensive civil litigation experience, our knowledge about insurance company tactics and our skills at settlement negotiations, our attorneys obtain the best possible recovery for our clients.

At John F. Porter, III, P.C., the client's interests are our priority. Our attorneys provide personalized legal guidance at every step of a client's case, keeping clients updated on their case's progress and fully informing them about the legal strategy and recovery options available.

Subject matter experts to help with your case:
Our attorneys consult with knowledgeable and respected experts to assist with case preparation. With the assistance of physicians, trauma doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors, forensics engineers, mechanics and accident reconstruction analysts, our attorneys can negotiate the best possible settlements. At trial, these experts are available to deliver clear, professional testimony.

The importance of immediately seeking help:
Alabama law sets limits on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to file your claim before the crucial statutory deadlines. By investigating your claim immediately, we are able to collect valuable evidence and interview witnesses while their memories are fresh.
Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about the Alabama probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the Alabama probate court
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuating the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes:
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skilled mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.
Wrongful Death
John F. Porter, III, P.C will represent your Wrongful Death legal matters.
Practice Areas:
-Personal Injury
-Wills/Trusts/Estates & Probate
-Family Law
-Business Law

John F. Porter III


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

-Alabama, 1978
-U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, 1979
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1979
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
-Tennessee, 1996

-Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1978
-University of Alabama, B.S., 1975

Military service:
Major, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Retired

Areas of practice:
-Civil practice
-Corporate law
-Business law
-Local government law
-Insurance defense
-Personal injury
-Utility law
-School law
-Health care law
-Real estate
-Trusts and estates
-Family law
-Workers compensation defense
-Civil appeals
-Fire loss

Associations & memberships:
-American Bar Association Litigation Section
-Alabama State Bar
-Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
-Jackson County Bar Association
-The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
-Defense Research Institute
-International Association of Defense Counsel

Representative cases:
-J.E.B. v Alabama, 511 U.S. 127, (1994)
-K-Mart v. Pendergrass, 494 So 2d 600 (1986)
-Alabama State Tenure Com'n v. Jackson County Bd. of Education
-Cherokee Electric Co-op v. Cochran
-Pittman v. Pittman
-Mitchell v. Jackson County Bd. of Education
-Foster v. Whitley
-Primm v. Primm
-Ford New Holland, Inc. v. Procter Russell Tractor Co, Inc.
-Wilson v. Dukona, Corp., N.V.
-Blankenship v. Blankenship
-Hicks v. Jackson County Com'n
-Eustace v. Browning

-Registered Court Mediator
-Law Clerk to Presiding Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit, Alabama, 1978 - 1979
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate , 1978