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F. Inge Johnstone
Johnstone Trial Law LLC
P.O. Box 36128
Birmingham, AL 35236


The University of Alabama School of Law- J.D. 1995 – 1998, cum laude
Activities and societies: Alabama Law Review
Honors: Highest Grade in Civil Procedure, Maritime Law, and Decedent’s Estates & 

The University of Alabama - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, Aug 1990 - Jul 1995

Biggest Influences: My grandfather, who retired from Bender Shipping in Mobile and
who taught me that “if you tell someone that you are goi
ng to do something, then you do
it” and my dad, who served on the Alabama Supreme Court, who taught me to stand up
for what is right even if it isn’t popular.

Personal injury lawyer in Birmingham

Why I Represent People Against Insurance Companies: My grandfather had a ship supply business in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, it wasn’t insured and it burned to the ground. He had to start his whole working life over again. This is the position in which people who have insurance claims wrongfully denied find themselves. They are undergoing one of the toughest times in their lives and find that their trusted safety net was nothing but an empty promise. I do what I do, because it is what my grandad would want me to do.

Work Experience

JOHNSTONE TRIAL LAW LLC I left Wettermark Keith and once again provide client - focused and analysis-driven representation of insurance policyholders and the seriously injured. Since starting Johnstone Trial Law months ago we have already recovered 1.5 million dollars in insurance benefits in underinsured motorist coverage, homeowners insurance benefits, accidental death benefits, health insurance benefits, and cancer policy benefits. I’m very excited to be representing people I love and doing meaningful work.

WETTERMARK KEITH LLC, Birmingham, AL, Lawyer, June 2022 to June 2023: I represented injury victims and policyholders and tried a tornado damage case against State Farm. Unfortunately, the litigation gods were not with me on that one. However, in my year at Wettermark Keith I learned how a successful high volume personal injury firm operates, learned the Litify case management system, and achieved generous settlements for a number of our clients.

JOHNSTONE CARROLL LLC, Homewood, AL, Member, Oct 2014 - Present · 7 yrs 8 mos: Matt Carroll and I started Johnstone Carroll LLC where we proudly represented business and individuals in cases against insurance companies, in personal injury cases, in consumer cases and in some business litigation. We developed a reputation as a go-to law firm for cases against insurance companies and I have handled life insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, individual disability income insurance, short term health insurance, and business insurance claims. We had a full docket of cases against State Farm, Allstate, and other insurers. In addition, while the pandemic sidelined many lawyers, I tried four cases between 2020 and 2022 including a $220,000 verdict on behalf of a young lady who broke her leg when she fell off a porch in Marshall County.

THE LAW OFFICES OF F. INGE JOHNSTONE, Owner, Jul 2008 - Sep 2014 · 6 yrs 3 mos: Within a year of opening my firm, I filed my first bad faith case against Allstate. My practice grew to include primarily policyholder cases and personal injury cases, but I also successfully represented a group of firefighters in a FLSA/breach of contract class action against the City of Pelham. My policyholder cases included both cases against insurers for bad faith and cases against brokers for failure to procure insurance.

THE LAMB FIRM, LLC, Associate, Dec 2006 - Jul 2008 · 1 yr 8 mos: At the Lamb Firm, I traveled the country taking depositions and participating in court hearings. I even helped try a six-week defamation case against the NCAA which resulted in a $5 million verdict. I was fortunate enough to be involved in cases ranging from a class action over the nation’s largest data breach, to mass tort cases like the Bausch & Lomb Renu litigation, to my first homeowner’s insurance fire case. I also saw the Yankees at Yankee stadium, met Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame and deposed a Nobel Prize winner.

BALCH & BINGHAM LLP, Senior Litigation Associate, Jan 2000 - Dec 2006 · 7 yrs: I practiced in the litigation section and represented firm banking and litigation clients in complex and commercial litigation. Here, I learned how to research and draft
briefs, in the words of one mentor “more like Hemingway and less like Faulkner.” I also spent nearly a year managing litigation for a large healthcare client and overseeing over seventy lawsuits. In addition, I tried cases across the state in state and federal courts and took on criminal appointments to gain more court experience. At Balch, I gained my first exposure to insurance coverage work.

JOHNSTONE, ADAMS, BAILEY, GORDON & HARRIS, LLC - August 1998 to December 1999: I began practicing at Johnstone Adams doing general civil litigation, including admiralty and maritime work. I gained my first real life exposure to Jones Act cases here.

Personal injury lawyer in Birmingham

Areas of Practice

● Insurance Bad Faith
● Insurance Law
● Personal Injury
● Admiralty & Maritime Law
● Economic & Complex Litigation
● Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships

Birmingham Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
American Association of Justice’s, Member
Alabama Association of Justice, Member

Articles and Lectures

“Advanced Insurance Bad Faith in Alabama,” NBI, 2022

“Representing Policyholders: What the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.” Alabama Association for Justice, Summer Meeting, June 2019

“Thwarting the Short Term Health Care Crisis,” American Association for Justice, Insurance Section Newsletter, Spring 2019

"Insurance Coverage Litigation: Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want Attorneys to Know,” NBI, 2017

“Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff’s Strategies”, NBI, 2015.

“Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success,” NBI, 2009

 I love to spend time with my  fiancé and my boys, play guitar, salsa dance,  and cook amazing ribs on my Big Green Egg.  I also read, write and speak extensively on personal development. You can find me on Instagram at the_inge_johnstone, on facebook, and on Tik Tok at @theingejohstone.  Feel free to reach out to me!

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or call (205) 894-8900.

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