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Experienced Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorneys

Handling Serious Federal Crimes & White Collar Crimes

At Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we take a team approach to every case that walks through our doors. While you might only have one attorney acting as lead counsel, there are three other attorneys available to handle your case in a moment’s notice. This means that every case gets our full combined experience and knowledge, allowing us to better inform our clients of what to expect prior to even entering the courtroom.

This level of experience and knowledge is crucial when it comes to federal criminal defense and white collar criminal defense, which is a major emphasis of our practice.

Our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers are recognized for our dedication and commitment to finding successful resolutions to complex matters. We handle complex federal crime and white collar crimes for clients across the state. Trust your case to our team today. We will work on building a strategic and thorough defense the minute you retain our counsel.

Successful Appellate Work in Alabama & Federal Courts

Many people who come to our firm need help other than their criminal charges, they are worn-out, lost, and don’t know where to turn. In many of these situations, we are able to help with all of their issues including fighting a conviction in appeals. Helping our clients on a daily basis is very rewarding and allows our team to be proud of the work we are doing in our community.

"The lawyers in our firm are not marketers or advertisers with big billboards and TV and radio ads. Our four decades of service speaks to the fact that we are a dedicated, client-centered firm. To us, you are not just a number—you are important. Our record of success speaks for itself. We are unafraid to take on the forces that stand in the way of our clients' futures. Let us stand up for you today" - The Attorneys of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.

Honors & Awards

  • Trial Lawyers
    Trial Lawyers
  • BBB
  • AVVO Criminal
    AVVO Criminal
  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers
  • NBC
  • Super Lawyers, Michael Hanle
    Super Lawyers, Michael Hanle
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    Michael Hanle Super Lawyers
  • Richard Jaffe Super Lawyers
    Richard Jaffe Super Lawyers

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Cases We Handle

At the law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we treat every case with the full attention and concern it deserves. From white collar crimes to federal offenses, we have the experience, insight, and resources to defend you.

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Alabama’s Criminal Defense Firm

  • Founder & Past Presidents of the Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past & Current Presidents of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Only Firm in the Country to Free 3 Men From Death Row Through New Trials
  • Successful Appellate Work in Alabama and Federal Courts
  • Selected as "2010 Lawyer of the Year" For Non-White Collar Criminal Defense in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Recognized For Excellence in Birmingham Magazine's 2012 Edition of Top Attorneys

Hear From Our Clients

  • I want to thank Mr. Jaffe and Mr. Whisonant for saving my life, for giving me another chance.

    Fred P.

  • Delighted with this outcome, exceeded our high expectations.

    Satisfied Client

  • I cannot thank him enough.

    Satisfied Client

  • Provided us with the highest quality of legal and professional services.

    Reverend Samuel P. & Mrs. Beverly P.

  • A person of prestige and remarkable high stature, empathy - extremely admirable!


  • A letter of deep deep gratitude

    Demetrius W.

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