Attorneys & Staff

James Wettermark

Senior Founding Partner

James H. Wettermark is the senior partner of Wettermark & Keith, LLC. He has spent his entire 25 year legal career representing individuals who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of others.

Chris Keith

Founding Partner

Originally from Panama City, Florida, Chris appreciates the warm weather and sunshine. Growing up 90 miles from Tallahassee, Chris has a strong passion for his undergraduate alma mater – Florida State University.

John McElheny

Associate Attorney

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.

Jessica Brooks

Associate Attorney

Jessica was born in Birmingham and raised in Florence, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship, double majoring in English and Political Science.

Stephanie Balzli

Associate Attorney

Stephanie is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Alabama.

Amber Johnson

Associate Attorney

A native of Hopes Bluff, Alabama, Amber has been with Wettermark Keith since 2010. Amber joined the firm after working for the social security administration for a number of years.

Brian Smith

Associate Attorney/Disability Practice Manager

After almost four years with the Birmingham Disability Determination Service (DDS) adjudicating Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims, Brian joined Wettermark Keith as a Social Security Case Manager in 2011.

Brian Conrad

Case Manager

After obtaining a marketing degree from The Mississippi State University, Brian moved north to Birmingham, Alabama. He initially worked for Nationwide Insurance Company before joining the “good guys”, Wettermark & Keith in June of 2009.

David Barnes

Railroad Investigator

John "David" Barnes graduated Jackson High School and attended Jackson State Community College. He worked 32+ years with Illinois Central and Canadian National Railroads.

Michael Rogers

Intake Manager

Mike has been with Wettermark Keith since 2007 and has worn many hats for the firm. His current role is as the firm’s “Intake Manager,” where he is responsible for overseeing the intake of every new person that becomes a client of Wettermark Keith.

Robin Burpo


Robin is the pleasant voice that welcomes Wettermark Keith clients on a daily basis when they call into the office and visit the office.