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We, at our law firm, take a client centered approach as well as a collaborative one with the other members of our firm. Our website is


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Clark Vann Stewart

    Richard is revered among his peers as a legal authority. He has a sterling reputation and is a friend to all. He is an incredible attorney.


    Clark Stewart Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Marion Lusk

    Richard Jaffe is a true trial lawyer who is at the pinnacle of his field. I have worked together with Richard and have witnessed firsthand how he meticulously prepares his cases to win at trial. I consider it an honor to have worked with him and recommend him without reservation.


    Jonathan Lusk Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.

2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198411/07/2015
ALAuthorized to practice law197610/16/2015
DCInactive 198305/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year White-collar B'HamBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 50 lawyes AlabamaSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Lawyer of year non- white collar birminghamBest Lawyers in America2010
Roderick Beddow AwardAlabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2001
Clarence Darrow AwardAlabama State Bar1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Partnerjaffe and Drennan P.C.1976 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationNo Value1982 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersboard member 3 terms1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v Randall Padgettacquittal
State v. Che Swindleacquittal
State v Fred spencerAcquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
New Horizon booksQuest for Justice: Defending the Damned2012
The Champion magazineVoir dire in captial Cases1997
The Champion magazineThe Diminshed Capacity Defense1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers AnnualThemes and Therories- Telling the client's story2013
Loosining The Death BeltOpening Statements2013
loosening the Death BeltJury Selection in DP Cases2013
Sexual Assault cases at the Big EasyTaint Hearings2012
Making the Case for lifeJury Selection in DP Csses2012
Loosening the Death BeltVoir Dire2011
ExpertsSetting up Cross Examination for Experts2010
Experts-Expert witnesses- Saving yours, destroying theirs2009
Experts- using yours, destroying theirsExperts2007