Our Forestry attorneys see both the forest and the trees. We have experience representing purchasers and sellers in the acquisition, divestiture, taxation and financing of timber tracks. Our experience also includes post- acquisition legal services such as succession planning, cutting rights, leasing, boundary line disputes, ownership interest rights, and appraisals.

We regularly represent owners, buyers, hunting clubs, forest products companies, investors, insurance companies, banks, trust funds, controlled burn managers, timber managers, foresters, timber brokers, timber haulers, timber harvesters and timber consultants. We are also known for our insurance defense work in this industry.


How We Can Help You?

Snapshot of Strengths

Our forest use strengths include a variety of experience:


Forest Tract Acquisition


Forest Track Divestiture


Timber Track Taxation


Timber Track Financing


Leasing of oil and gas rights


Ownership interest rights


Waiver of cutting rights


Succession planning


Forest tract leasing


Boundary line disputes


Timber track appraisals



Next Steps

Before the first cry of “Timber” is heard, make sure you are well represented by attorneys experienced in the practice of forest use law to keep you looking sharp. With the multitude and variety of matters Johnstone Adams attorneys have handled in this area, we can quickly anticipate the correct response for your needs and issues. Let us cut through the undergrowth for you and assist in blazing the right trail to reach your forest use goals.

Practice Group Attorneys

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  • Represented a land owner, forester and hunting club in a controlled burning case where smoke from fire allegedly crossed a road; received judgment for the defendants.
  • Represented a forester in controlled burning litigation; the case settled for half of amount of the offer of judgment prior to trial.
    Represented a land owner, management company, hunting club and the hunting club president in an ongoing personal injury matter regarding allegations that a hazard was placed across Big Escambia Creek and subsequently struck by the operator of an air boat.
  • Represented a paper mill landowner and insured hunting club member in an accidental shooting case; the claims were favorably settled prior to trial.
  • Represented an insured timber company in a personal injury matter where a logging crew cut a tree down that fell across the highway, striking a vehicle traveling along the highway; the claims were favorably settled prior to trial.

What Our Clients are Saying

Brandy Walker

“My husband and I were referred to Johnstone Adams in the spring of last year. We are working very closely with Jessica Welch and Greg Watts on an ongoing and unwanted family estate matter. Ms. Welch and Mr. Watts have been so professional and knowledgeable.

In addition, considering the nature of the suit, Jessica has provided my husband and I with a peace of mind we didn"t think was possible during this extremely stressful time of our lives. She is an amazing trial attorney. They have gone above and beyond. To sum it up, I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for them. I would strongly reccomend either of them to my dearest friends and family members. I'm so thankful that we stumbled upon them. I'm actually going to miss Jessica Welch when this is all over.”

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“I am currently using this law firm and they are informative, keeping me up to date with my case, and they return your calls/emails immediately. I am very satisfied.”

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“Johnstone Adams was a great help when it came to drawing up our family’s will and advanced directives prior to the birth of our first son. These are certainly things that no one wants to think about, but the process was easy. They were professional and knowledgeable, answering all of our questions along the way with compassion and sensitivity. Johnstone Adams responded quickly to any questions and was easy to get in touch with! We would highly recommend them for any legal work!!”

Alan C

“Jessica’s advice and assistance with our family's interests in a probate matter was exceptional from beginning to end-- always thoughtful, responsive and efficient, and focused and timely.

It was a genuine pleasure for the doubtless incorrigibly demanding old lawyer that I am to have a professional of her outstanding caliber assisting me on this matter—both generally and in my role as executor in particular—in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to me and on a matter completely outside of my own experience and expertise.

I might also point out that she was really excellent in interfacing, always in a timely and solution-oriented manner, with other parties involved in our matter to help keep our initiatives on track—including attorneys dealing with the disposition of residential real estate and financial assets.

Jessica and her excellent assistant, Shelly Perrone, also offered and provided pragmatic and efficient solutions to logistical and execution issues made significantly more challenging than usual given the COVID-19 crisis and my own location far from Mobile-- in Paris, France.”


“I highly recommend attorney Rick La Trace. Aside from being professional, polite, and yet firm, Rick is a combination of knowledge, detail, and responsiveness. (In my opinion, there are very few professionals who have ALL three qualities. Rick is one of the very few.) What makes him stand apart from the rest, is that he takes the time to listen to his client's concerns (no matter how "trivial"). He educates client’s on how the law works, shares his opinions, including the pros and cons of each. We would definitely use Rick's services again, and highly recommend him for anyone who wants a lawyer that they can trust to thoroughly handle their case from start to finish, even down to the small details. You can tell from working with Rick that he's not just about getting paid for his services, but that he enjoys working through problems and finding creative solutions for his clients. Also, I highly recommend the Johnstone Adams, LLC systems and processes. Shelly and Cathy were on top of things. I give Rick and Johnstone Adams more than five stars.”


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