Jonathan M. Hooks

J. Elizabeth Keener


  • Samford University, 2000, B.S.B.A. (cum laude)
  • Cumberland School of Law, 2003, J.D. Scholar of Merit: Alabama Trial Practice and Procedure)
  • Judicial Clerkship, the Honorable J. Gorman Houston Jr., Supreme Court of Alabama 2003-2004
  • Jonathan Hooks focuses his practice on three key areas: products liability, government relations, and appellate practice. He frequently represents manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, machinery, appliances, and consumer electronics in both state and federal courts. Jonathan is also Chair of the firm’s governmental relations practice group, and has represented numerous political candidates, including a major presidential candidate, in matters both political and legal. He also advises various committees of the Alabama Legislature during that body’s annual session and serves as a ballot security attorney in statewide elections. He has handled several rarely-seen government investigative procedures on behalf of clients who are in the crosshairs of negative public opinion. Finally, Jonathan regularly handles matters before state and federal appellate courts, a skill set largely born of three years as a law clerk and staff attorney at the Supreme Court of Alabama. He is the former Chair of the Alabama State Bar’s appellate practice section.

    In addition to his legal work, Jonathan is a teacher, both within the profession and in the community. He teaches deposition techniques at an annual “boot camp” sponsored by the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and he has served on panels at CLE presentations regarding appellate practice. Additionally, he co-authors an ongoing series of articles aimed at young lawyers providing advice on the practice of law.

    Jonathan also serves his local church, teaching Sunday School for young teenagers, including preparing them for Confirmation, and he regularly teaches parish-wide Adult Education classes. He and his wife Holly have four children: Jonathan Jr., Spencer, Mary Claire, and Andrew.

    Representative Experience

    • Represented former multinational company president in international arbitration relating to construction practices
    • Extensive work defending residential mortgage servicers against claims by borrowers
    • Guided multiple telecommunications providers through restructuring and revision of service contracts and tariffs during industry-wide deregulation in Alabama
    • Legal Counsel, Alabama House of Representatives, Education and Commerce Committees
    • Ballot Security Attorney in statewide elections since 2004
    • Staff Attorney, the Honorable R. Bernard Harwood Jr. – Supreme Court of Alabama, 2004 – 2006
    Professional and Community Involvement
    • Alabama State Bar: Immediate Past Chairman, Appellate Practice Section
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Board of Directors, District II (2017-2018); Membership Committee; Teacher, ADLA Deposition Boot Camp
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Member
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Participant, IADC Trial Academy
    • Birmingham Bar Association: Civil Courts Procedure Committee
    • Federalist Society
    • Teacher of Confirmation classes, Cathedral of St. Paul
    • Recognized as a “Top Attorney” in Birmingham Magazine in 2017
    • Recognized in 2015 and 2016 as a “Rising Star Lawyer” by the Birmingham Business Journal
    Publications and Presentations
  • Alabama, 2003
  • Florida, 2012
  • Tennessee, 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit