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Michael P. Hanle

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Birmingham criminal defense lawyer Michael Patrick Hanle is a Partner at the law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. He focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense, including white-collar crimes defense, drug defense, and federal criminal defense. He is a skilled litigator and educated counselor, offering comprehensive legal help to the arrested and accused in Alabama.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hanle ran a very successful solo practice from 1996 – 2015, representing individuals charged in federal, state, and local courts throughout Alabama. His solo practice was limited to criminal defense and he focused his practice on drug defense, white-collar criminal defense, and federal criminal defense.

Mr. Hanle began his career as a solo practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before moving to Birmingham, Alabama.

Education

Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • J.D. - 1991
  • Honors: With Honors

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • B.A. - 1986
  • Major: Business

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1995
  • Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2009

Awards & Honors

  • First Recipient of the Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono Award, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1995
  • President's Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Merit Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2011, 2012, 2015
  • Selected to Super Lawyers for Alabama, 2011- 2020
  • Selected to Best Lawyers of America, 2010-2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2019
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Birmingham, 2020
Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Birmingham The National Trial Lawyers 

Classes and Seminars

  • Case Law Update, ACDLA
  • Alabama Sentencing Standards, ACDLA

Pro Bono Activities

  • State of Alabama v. Fredrick Woods, Death Penalty Rule 32 Proceedings, Serves as Local Counsel with Venable, LLP, Washington, DC, 2002- Present
  • Project Homeless Connect and Homeless Court, Birmingham, AL, 2010 - 2017

    Employment
    • Attorney Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight
    • Owner Law Office of Michael P. Hanle
    Memberships
    • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2015 - 2016
    • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President Elect 2016-2017
    • Selected as President of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for 2017-2018
    • Member, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 1996
    • Serves as the Chair of Legislative Committee 2014-2017
    • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President, 2010
    • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2017
    • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member since 1997

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