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Michael W. Whisonant Jr.

Partner

Michael is a Partner with the firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. After growing up here in the Birmingham area, he attended Auburn University where he received his B.S.B.A. in Business Finance, graduating in 2007. Michael received his J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2009, excelling to graduation in just 2 1/2 years. While at Jones, he was the recipient of the Eagle Law School Scholarship.

After passing the bar and joining the firm, Michael has become a zealous advocate for his clients and has excelled in the courtroom, obtaining not guilty verdicts ranging from felony cases where his clients were charged with murder to misdemeanor cases where his client was charged with harassment. Regardless of the offense, Michael knows that your case is important to you and will work vigorously to reach the best possible resolution.

Michael is also proficient in handling matters before various Administrative Agencies in the State of Alabama. Michael has represented professionals and organizations of all types: Dentists, Lawyers, Teachers, Doctors, Pharmacists, Pharmacies, Psychologists, and even Judges before Administrative Agencies who were seeking to reprimand or suspend the member's privileges. When your professional license, permit, or registration is at risk before an Administrative Board or Agency your livelihood is at stake and Michael has the experience necessary to advocate on your behalf.

Prior to joining the firm Michael interned for the Honorable Sharon Blackburn, Chief United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. Additionally, he also prosecuted cases in the 15th Judicial Circuit for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

    Awards
    • USCCA
    • Super Lawyers 2020
    Memberships

    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Alabama Young Lawyer's Association
    • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • The National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
      The National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • United States Concealed Carry Association (UCCA)
      United States Concealed Carry Association (UCCA)

    Employment

    • Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight - Partner
    • District Attorney’s Office 15th Judicial Circuit - Extern
    • Dean & Barrett - Summer Law Clerk
    • U.S. Federal Courthouse: Birmingham, AL - Extern

    Education

    • Faulkner University, Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama
      • J.D. - December 2009
    • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
      • B.S. - May 2007
      • Honors: Dean's List
      • Major: Business Administration

    Bar Admissions

    • Alabama, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2010
    • Supreme Court of Alabama, 2010
    • United States Tax Court, 2019
    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2020

    Honors & Awards

    • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021
    • Super Lawyers- Rising Star, 2019-2020
    • Top Lawyers in Alabama

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