Michael Patrick Hanle


Birmingham criminal defense lawyer Michael Patrick Hanle is a Partner of the law firm, 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.

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

Classes and Seminars

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

Pro Bono Activities

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


Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • B.A. - 1986
  • Major: Business

Past Experience

  • Law Office of Michael P. Hanle, Birmingham, AL, Owner, 1996 - 2015
  • Law Office of Michael P. Hanle, Baton Rouge, LA, Owner, 1992 - 1995

Awards & Honors

  • First Recipient of the Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono Award, Lousiana 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 2012- 2017

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Professional 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
  • K.N. v. State

    Domestic violence charges against K.N. were dismissed in the City of Hoover after negotiations with the City Attorney. The dismissal was agreed upon following the successful resolution of the parties divorce settlement in which K.N.’s wife agreed to dismiss all charges.

  • F.L. v. The State of Alabama

    F.L. was sentenced to a term of probation in the U.S. District Court. F.L. was charged with illegal importation of deer into the State of Alabama. Although K.L. had a prior felony conviction, we were able to convince the Court a probationary sentence was appropriate under the facts of the case.

  • W.R. v. State

    W.R. had his DUI charge dismissed in the Shelby County District Court. The case was scheduled for trial but the D.A. agreed to a dismissal after extensive pre-trial discovery revealed significant flaws in the State’s case.

  • F.W v. State

    F.W. entered a plea to the amended charge of Murder with a sentence of life in prison in St. Clair County. F.W. prior conviction for Capital Murder and his death sentence were reversed following a hearing on his Rule 32 Petition revealed significant juror misconduct which tainted the jury’s verdict. F.W. was represented by Damon Wright of Venabal, LLP in Washington, D.C. and Michael Hanle, as local counsel. Mr. Woods has served approximately 23 years in prison and is anticipating being released on parole in the very near future.

  • J.F. v. State

    J.F. was sentenced to a term of 30 days following successful plea negotiations in connection with a multiple count indictment charging J.F. with production and possession of child pornography.

  • J.K. v. State

    J.K. received a probationary sentence following significant pre-trial discovery and negotiation in connection with a charge of Rape 2 nd .

  • M.N. v. State

    The State agreed not to pursue charges against M.N. stemming from allegations M.N. had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. The State agreed not to file charges after significant pre-charge investigation disclosed the minor was lying about the allegations.

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