Our Attorneys

J. Barton Warren

Barton-Warren---Trial-Lawyer-Huntsville-ALBarton Warren grew up in Florence, Alabama. He is a graduate of Samford University and Cumberland Law School.

Barton was admitted to the Alabama and U.S. Federal Courts in 1990 and has since practiced law in such areas as trucking litigation, automobile wrecks, construction accidents, products liability and workers’ compensation. His expertise in these disciplines has been utilized extensively in a variety of professional organizations, including the Madison County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.

Barton was selected in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 to be named in Alabama “Super Lawyers” practicing in the area of plaintiff personal injury litigation.

In 2011, Barton was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Attorneys. Barton has received the rating of “AV”, the highest rating available for professional excellence and ability, from judges and peers in a review by the trusted resource Martindale Hubbell.

Barton and his wife, Lori, together have four children. He and his wife are members of Asbury Methodist Church.

For a complete list of Barton’s memberships and reported cases, please visit martindale.com.


Derek W. Simpson

Derek-Simpson---Trial-Lawyer-Huntsville-ALHuntsville native Derek Simpson has practiced law in his hometown since 1995. He holds both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama.

Over the years, Derek has served the Madison County Bar Association in numerous leadership capacities and maintained memberships in the Alabama Trial Lawyers’ Association and The American Association of Trial Lawyers. From 2006-2007, he served as President of the American Inns of Court.

Derek’s law practice concentrates on automobile wrecks, construction accidents, trucking litigation, workers’ compensation, products liability and premises liability.

Derek is a certified NFL Sports Agent and represents several players in the NFL.

Derek received the rating of “AV”, the highest rating available for professional excellence, ethics and ability, from judges and peers in a review by the trusted resource Martindale Hubbell.

In 2011, Derek was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Attorneys.

Derek was elected President-Elect of the Madison County Bar Association in 2016. He will serve as President in 2017.

Derek and his wife, Shannon, have three children. He and his family are members of First United Methodist Church.

For a complete list of Derek’s practice areas and reported cases, please visit martindale.com.


Hunter Garnett

Hunter GarnettHunter Garnett grew up as the oldest of seven children on his family’s farm in Danville, Alabama in Morgan County. Hunter’s farm background taught him the importance of hard work, accountability, personal responsibility, and compassion, which he continues to apply to his life and law practice today.

Hunter attended Mississippi State University where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. During college, Hunter was twice elected president of Mississippi State University’s agricultural fraternity (Alpha Gamma Rho) and president of the Agricultural Economics Club. Additionally, Hunter was elected by his peers from across the country to serve as the national president of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Student Division.

Honored with a presidential scholarship, Hunter attended and graduated from Cumberland School of Law, with honors. During law school, Hunter was elected by his colleagues to serve as treasurer of the Student Bar Association and president of the Federalist Society. He was nominated by the Cumberland faculty for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

During law school, Hunter was primarily focused on developing his skills as a trial attorney. During his second year of law school, Hunter was selected as a member of Cumberland School of Law’s prestigious National Trial Team. Hunter tried dozens of mock jury trials during his time on the National Trial Team. Additionally, during law school, Hunter worked in the Jefferson County Public Defender’s office and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office where he tried multiple criminal cases in district court. This extensive courtroom experience helped prepare him for his current law practice as a trial attorney.

Hunter was admitted to practice in 2017. As an associate trial attorney, Hunter’s practices areas include trucking litigation, products liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, and workers’ compensation. Hunter also helps Alabama farmers with various legal issues, including: lease disputes, eminent domain issues, and insurance claims. Hunter has tried multiple jury trials to completion, including three within his first four months of practice.

Hunter and his wife, Hannah, met in Hartselle, Alabama at Hunter’s 13th birthday party. They were married in 2015 after Hunter’s first year in law school and after Hannah graduated from Samford University. Hunter and Hannah are active members of the Church of the Highlands in Huntsville. In their free time together, they enjoy spending time with their dogs, Dolly and Pearl. Hunter also enjoys playing any sport, especially basketball.


Fred B. Simpson (In Remembrance)

In-Remembrance-of-Fred-B-SimpsonA native of Birmingham, Fred Simpson practiced law in Huntsville for over 45 years.

Fred served as District Attorney of Madison County for 13 of those years and later successfully transitioned his career into the field of criminal law. He was a noted author, speaker, panelist and esteemed legal historian. Fred was Of Counsel to the firm with a concentration in matters related to trial practice, personal injury and civil litigation, until his death on August 4, 2014.

Fred is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. He and his wife, Peggy, are members of Whitesburg Baptist Church.

For a complete list of Fred’s practice areas and reported cases, please visit martindale.com.