Brett H. Knight


Brett H. Knight is a Partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. with extensive trial and litigation experience. He concentrates his practice in criminal defense, white collar crime, drug crimes, DUI, and general civil litigation.

After growing up in Selma, Alabama, he attended the University of Alabama, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, graduating magna cum laude in 2009. Brett then graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 2012 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Whether in federal, state, or municipal court, he provides every client with dedicated representation based on in-depth experience in a number of complex areas. His goal is to always guide clients through their matter, from the moment they retain his services to fighting for their rights and best interests during trial or the appeals process.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2012
  • Supreme Court of Alabama, 2012



Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

  • J.D. - May, 2012
  • Honors: National Negotiation Team, 2010
  • Honors: Trial Advocacy Board, Board Member
  • Honors: Trial Advocacy Board, Senior Membership
  • Honors: National Trial Competition, Co-Chair

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • B.S. magna cum laude - May, 2009
  • Honors: University Honors Program
  • Honors: Sigma Alpha Lambda (National Leadership and Honor Organization)
  • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society)
  • Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Honors: Golden Key Honour Society
  • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society)
  • Major: Political Science

Awards & Honors

Professional Memberships

  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers (ACDLA)
  • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (GBCDLA)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Young Lawyer's Association


  • Sigma Nu
  • Y.Z. v. State

    Y.Z. was arrested and charged with two Counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance. After a thorough review of the evidence provided, an extensive pre-trial motion practice, and a request made to dismiss the charges, the State agreed and all charges against Y.Z. were dropped.

  • R.G v State

    The State charged R.G. with two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance. In less than nine months, both cases were dismissed by the State due to lack of evidence and the charges were expunged from his record.

  • M.S. v. State

    M.S was contacted by DHR after an allegation was made by a foster child that she physically abused the child while in her care. As M.S. was continuing to foster other children and was in the process of adopting another, a negative result of the DHR investigation would have caused dire effects on her ability to adopt the child as well as the continued care of foster children in the State of Alabama. After conducting our own investigation and being able to conclude the child was not telling the truth, the investigation was terminated, and no evidence of abuse was found.

  • P.C. v. State

    P.C. was charged with one count of sodomy and one Count of sex abuse in the first degree. Based on the severity of the charges, P.C. was facing automatic sex registration and a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. After an extensive review of the evidence and conducting our own investigation of the case, P.C. was able to plead to a non-sex registerable offense and he received no jail time.

  • M.T. v. The State

    M.T. was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. If charged, M.T. was facing a lifetime of sex registration as well an extensive jail sentence. Based upon our significant pre-charge investigation, the State agreed not to pursue charges against M.T.

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