Joe A. King, Jr., has been trying cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs or surviving families since 2000.
Mr. King is AV Preeminent® rated. This is the highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
Firm founder Harvey Morris brought King in as an intern one summer and then hired him immediately after he got his law degree and passed the State Bar in 2000. His legal accomplishments since then have earned him prestigious professional recognition. Recognized in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©, Joe A. King Jr was recognized in six categories, including Litigation – Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs, and Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants. In 2016, King was named Best Attorney by the Best Attorneys of America and listed as one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Alabama by the American Society of Legal Advocates. In 2015 , he was featured in the Top Ten Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. King has also been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Alabama by the National Trial Lawyers Association and an Alabama SuperLawyer by SuperLawyers magazine.
Joe King appeared on the legal podcast Next Lawyer Up with Ron Sykstus in April of 2020. You can listen to the episode with Joe and Ron by clicking here.
For King, practicing law in Huntsville is an ideal life. He was born and raised here, and the only time he left his hometown were the seven years he spent at the University of Alabama, where he got a B.S. degree in biology in 1997 and his J.D. three years later. King received a full academic scholarship to attend law school.
He was elected and served as secretary of the Madison County Bar Association from 2007-2008. King’s commitment to his community has continued to this day. He is on the board of the Huntsville Child Care Center, which provides child care for low income families. He is also on the board of trustees at Trinity Methodist Church.
He enjoys spending time with his two young daughters and is an avid fan of the University of Alabama football team.
‘I’m going to tell you the truth.’
King believes that ideal lawyer-client relationships are those that are built upon honesty.
“I always tell my clients, ‘I am always going to tell you the truth,’” he says. “’You may not always like what I tell you, but I am going to shoot straight with you.’” King believes it is important that the client knows not just the good facts regarding their case, but also the bad facts.
It’s an approach to the practice of law that has proven to be successful, as King’s track record shows in winning cases and achieving significant settlements for clients. He has had numerous verdicts and settlements. In 2011, he resolved one of the largest wrongful death cases in Alabama. He has also been appointed class counsel in multiple class actions and resolved numerous mass tort cases
Over the years, Joe King noticed an increasing number of his clients were being injured in distracted driving accidents. King says “distracted drivers endanger not only themselves, but the people around them,” so he started looking for ways to try to educate the community about the dangers of driving distracted.
“Through public awareness campaigns, and in large part due to the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), attitudes about drunk driving changed; that is where we are at with texting and driving now. In 2016, the average person won’t drink and drive—they won’t even get in a car with someone who is drinking and driving—but the average person will text and drive or ride with someone who is texting and driving.”
Mr. King is passionate about helping his local community and wants to help prevent distracted driving accidents. In 2015, King helped launch the Morris, King & Hodge Driver Safety Scholarship which encourages young minds to think practically about how they can help others stop distracted driving. Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., also sponsors free distracted driving courses each summer and in 2016, Mr. King was featured in a Distracted Driving Special which aired on WHNT.
When asked about his firm’s efforts to educate the community on distracted driving, King said, “Every day the attorneys at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., help people who have been injured by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is personal to us because we’ve seen the real life consequences.”
- University of Alabama, B.S. degree in Biology, 1997
- University of Alabama, Law School, J.D., 2000
- Alabama State Bar, 2000
- Secretary of the Madison County Bar Association, 2007-2008
- Huntsville Child Care Center, Board Member
- Board of Trustees for Trinity United Methodist Church