After receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from Auburn University, John moved north to Baltimore, Maryland. There, he worked for the Baltimore Orioles as a member of the grounds‑crew before deciding to attend law school. He remained in Maryland and studied law at the University of Baltimore, School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property. While at the University of Baltimore, John began learning the skills necessary for a successful trial lawyer as a member of the University’s Employment Law trial team.
Following law school, John moved back to his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and practiced law with the firm Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt. Shortly thereafter, he accepted the opportunity to join in the fight for justice as an attorney with Wettermark & Keith. John primarily handles cases for individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others. He also handles workers’ compensation and social security disability cases for W&K clients.
John obtained his first verdict of over one million dollars ($1,500,000) in just his third year of practice. That verdict was featured on the front page of the Tuscaloosa News. In addition to obtaining a seven figure verdict early in his career, John was the only lawyer in the state of Alabama to be named a “Superlawyer-Rising Star” for the 2012 calendar year in just his third year of practice. John received the same honor from Superlawyers magazine in 2013.
John is married to Leslie Nelson McElheny and is the proud father of Abby, Miles, and Reid. If he is not spending time with his wife and children, he is likely attempting to hold on to his “weekend warrior” status by participating in any number of sports or activities. He is active in the Birmingham Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is a Deacon at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.