Mr. Belt is an experienced trial lawyer who prides himself on quality client representation and maximizing his client’s financial recovery. Mr. Belt has over forty verdicts and settlements of one million dollars or more to his credit. Mr. Belt has won jury verdicts in almost every conceivable kind of case including personal injury, products liability, outrageous conduct, environmental contamination, uninsured motorist, workplace accident, medical malpractice, business fraud, and breach of contract. This experience has earned him the AV Preeminent ranking by the national legal publication Martindale-Hubbell which polls lawyers and judges. This is the highest and most prestigious peer view rating given to lawyers and applies to both ability and ethical standards. Mr. Belt has also been selected as a top 100 trial lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association which is an invitation only association comprised of the 100 top trial lawyers from each state. Mr. Belt has been selected as a top 100 trial lawyer every year since 2007. Mr. Belt has also been honored as one of Alabama’s Super Lawyers for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Belt has been included in the Best Lawyer issues of both Birmingham and B-Metro magazines that annually list the top lawyers in the Birmingham area. Mr. Belt is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum. In order to see what other lawyers, judges, and clients have to say about Mr. Belt, please see our testimonials.
Mr. Belt received his B.S. in Business and Administration from the University of Alabama in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Alabama School Of Law in 1994. While at the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Belt was awarded the American College of Trial Lawyers Award for being the most promising trial lawyer. He was also awarded the Hugo Black Scholar Award and the Georgia Peach Taylor Award for excellence in trial advocacy. Mr. Belt was a member of three national trial teams.
Licenses / Admissions:
Mr. Belt is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado. Mr. Belt is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts in the State of Alabama, and in the United States District Courts in Georgia, New Mexico, and Colorado. Mr. Belt is also admitted to practice in front of the Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Belt is a member of the Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado State Bars. He is also a member of the Christian Legal Society, the American Association of Justice, the Alabama Association of Justice, and the Birmingham Bar Association. He is a sustaining member of both the American and Alabama Associations of Justice and is currently serving on the executive committee for the Alabama Association of Justice.
Despite being born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Belt started his legal career in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the Branch Law Firm. The Branch Law Firm has a national practice and reputation for helping injured and aggrieved consumers throughout the country. While with the firm, Mr. Belt worked primarily on environmental and mass tort litigation. He next took a job with Pittman, Hooks, Dutton & Hollis in Birmingham, Alabama where he remained for five years. After becoming a partner with that firm, Mr. Belt departed in 2002 and started his own firm Bohanan & Belt, P.C. Mr. Belt has been practicing with Belt & Bruner, P.C. since 2005. His practice is focused in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, alcohol server liability, commercial disputes, fraud, environmental contamination, products liability, and class actions.
Mr. Belt is the president of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, which is an Alabama non-profit corporation that helps coordinate services and benefits for people with head injuries throughout the state of Alabama. He has served on this Board in different capacities for 6 years. Mr. Belt is also a member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation that raises and disburses money to various charities around the state. He is also a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club that raises money for the Crippled Children’s Organization.
Mr. Belt is happily married with four children. His family attends Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama.