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I am an appellate attorney, trial lawyer, law practice management consultant, freelance writer, husband, and father. My law practice website is located at, where I provide information about issues related to Alabama law. For several years I was the Law Practice Management Guide for (, which is owned by the New York Times Company. I also write for a variety of other websites and publications, and I have published articles in publications produced by the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. However, most of my time is devoted to the practice of appellate law in Alabama. 


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 80%
    23 years
  2. Family: 10%
    23 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    23 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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  • Patrick Mahaney

    Mr. Pfeifer is one of Alabama's best criminal defense trial lawyers and he is an acknowleged expert in the complex area of post-trial appeals and collateral attack on convictions. Mr. Pfeifer is widely regarded by members of the bench and bar as one of the most capable criminal defense lawyers in the state of Alabama. His skills at trial are highly regarded. He is an expert in the areas a search and seizure and Constitutional criminal procedure. If you need an attorney for any complex criminal case, or a post-trial appeal, Mr. Pfeifer is one of the very best lawyers in the state of Alabama.


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  • Mark Christopher Wolfe

    I have known Bill for many years. His practice encompasses many areas of law including criminal law, trial work and appellate work. He has handled a number of successful appeals and I think this speaks volumes as to his knowledge of the law and his ability to write compelling briefs in support of his client's position. I endorse him and his work.


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Contact info

Pfeifer LLC

One Perimeter Park South
Suite 100N
Birmingham, AL, 35243


ALAuthorized to practice law199301/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Dr. Donald K. Springen AwardBaldwin County Democratic Party2004
Bench & Bar Legal Honor SocietyUniversity of Alabama School of Law1992
John A. Campbell Moot Court BoardUniversity of Alabama School of Law1992
Board of Editors, Law and Psychology ReviewUniversity of Alabama School of Law1991
Best Brief in ClassUniversity of Alabama School of Law Moot Court Class1991
Farrah Law Society ScholarshipUniversity of Alabama School of Law1990
William M. Lunceford Award for Excellence in PhilosophySamford University, Department of Religion and Philosophy1989
Honors ScholarshipSamford University1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPfeifer Law Offices1997 - Present
Law Practice Management, a New York Times Company2010 - 2012
AttorneyPfeifer & Jensen, LLC2008 - 2010
Criminal Law Editor of the Alabama Appellate ReviewLexCorp, Inc.1999 - 2000
Staff AttorneyAlabama Court of Criminal Appeals1996 - 1997
AttorneyKolb & Pfeifer, LLC1993 - 1996
Law ClerkBaxter & Wilson1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Advisory PanelABA Advisory Panel Member2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association Council of Appellate LawyersMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionMember2011 - Present
Legal Writing InstituteMember2010 - Present
Scribes - The American Society of Legal WritersMember2008 - Present
National Writers UnionSteering Committee Member, At-Large Chapter (2011 - present)2007 - Present
Alabama Democratic Executive CommitteeExecutive Committee2004 - 2008
Mitigation Services of AlabamaAdvisory Board2004 - 2006
The Alabama LawyerBoard of Editors2004 - 2006
La Clinica de BaldwinBoard of Directors2003 - 2004
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - 2005
Baldwin County Democratic Executive CommitteeChairman2000 - 2005
Alabama State Bar Indigent Defense Task ForceMember1999 - 2001
Alabama Volunteer Lawyers ProgramVolunteer Attorney1999 - Present
Alabama Civil Justice FoundationMember1999 - Present
York Rite of FreemasonryMember1998 - Present
Scottish Rite of FreemasonryMember1998 - Present
MensaLife Member1997 - Present
Foley Masonic LodgePast Master1996 - Present
Baldwin County Bar AssociationMember1995 - 2009
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
South Baldwin JayceesPast President1994 - 2000
Alabama Association for JusticeMember1994 - 1997
Baldwin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - 2010
South Baldwin Chamber of CommerceMember1994 - 2007
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - 1997
Alabama State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Law and Psychology ReviewBoard of Editors1991 - 1993
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember1990 - Present
Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor SocietyMember1984 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ex parte Rawls, 953 So.2d 374 (2006)In addition to winning the appeal to force a stay of the divorce proceedings while the criminal charges were pending, we also ultimately secured dismissals of all of the criminal charges against Mr. Rawls. Case handled along with attorney Tanya Halford.
James v. State, 729 So.2d 364 (1998)Remanded for the trial court to issue a written statement of the evidence relied on in revoking probation.
Ex parte State (State v. Stallworth), 941 So.2d 327 (2006)Remanded for the trial court to issue more precise discovery order for further Rule 32 proceedings.
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Publication nameTitleDate
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Privacy and Legal Outsourcing2012
About.comSocial Media Use by Jurors in the Courtroom2012
The Guardian (ACDLA Newsletter)Technology in Appellate Law Practice2011
WilliamPfeifer.comMistakes Trial Lawyers Make With Appeals In Alabama2011
WilliamPfeifer.comShould Trial Lawyers Handle Their Own Appeals?2011
WilliamPfeifer.comHearsay in Probation Revocation Cases - Admissible, but Not Enough2011, a New York Times CompanyFour Steps to Becoming a Recognized Expert in Your Legal Specialty2011, a New York Times CompanyShould You Place One Period or Two After the Period in Legal Documents?2011
Ehow.comHow is Child Support Calculated in Alabama2010
WilliamPfeifer.comUsing Rule 32 to Set Aside a Guilty Plea Conviction in Alabama - Part I2010
WilliamPfeifer.comUsing Rule 32 to Set Aside a Guilty Plea Conviction in Alabama - Part II2010, a New York Times CompanyHow to Create a Digital Edition of a Law Firm Newsletter2010, a New York Times CompanyThree Common Lawyer Trust Account Mistakes2010
The Stubborn WriterBlack Robe Disease - Why the Abuse of Power is Rampant among Judges and the American Judiciary (Humor)2010
The Stubborn WriterWhy Your Lawyer Won't Return Your Phone Calls - Top 10 Reasons (Humor)2010, a New York Times CompanySix Tips for Creating Effective Law Firm Newsletters2010, a New York Times CompanyLawyer Email Scams - How the Nigerian Scam is Used on Lawyers2010, a New York Times CompanyThree Tips for Effective Lawyer Time Management2010, a New York Times CompanyLegal Outsourcing - What is Legal Outsourcing?2010 (Clarity Digital Media, LLC)U.S. Supreme Court Rules Sex Offenders can be Held Indefinitely Even After Completing Prison Sentences2010 (Clarity Digital Media, LLC)Supreme Court says Attorneys must Advise Immigration of the Deportation Consequences of Guilty Pleas2010
South MagazineThe Truth about Crime in Savannah2010
soyouwanna.comFranchise Law2010
The Guardian (Newsletter of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Youthful Offender Applications - What You Don't Know Might Hurt You2010
ThePoliticus.comThe Evolution of Guantanamo Bay - Part 12009
ThePoliticus.comThe Evolution of Guantanamo Bay - Part 22009
ThePoliticus.comThe Evolution of Guantanamo Bay - Part 32009
ThePoliticus.comThe Evolution of Guantanamo Bay - Part 42009 (Clarity Digital Media, LLC)Too Many Registered Sex Offenders Make Dangerous Sex Offenders Difficult to Track2009
Suite101.comHow to Become a Lawyer - Seven Steps to Starting a Career in the Law2008
Suite101.comWhat is a Common Law Marriage2008
Alabama Law JournalThe Right to a Speedy Trial in Alabama2008
Pipers Willow, IncThe Greatest Lawyer Jokes of All Time2007
HeliumHow to Find Out If Convicted Pedophiles are Living in your Neighborhood2007
The Guardian (Newsletter of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Challenging Hearsay in Probation Revocation Hearings2007
Pipers WillowHow to Start a Successful Law Practice2006
The Alabama LawyerAssertion of the 5th Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination2006
Baldwin County Democratic PartyBaldwin County Democratic Party Election Day Manual (Poll Watchers Guide)2004
The Alabama LawyerThe Right to a Speedy Trial in Alabama2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Samford UniversityReligion, PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar for M. Lee Smith PublishersSocial Media in the Courtroom: The Impact of Facebook and Twitter on Jury Trials2014
West Virginia Public Defenders Annual ConferenceSocial Media in the Courtroom2012
Handling Divorce Cases from Start to FinishCompleting the Divorce2012
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)The Right to a Speedy Trial in Alabama2007
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)Assertion of the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Civil Cases2005
South Baldwin DemocratsElection Law2004
Sam & Deidre Radio ShowAlabama Politics2004
Baldwin County Democratic PartyElection Law & Voter's Rights2004
On-Air Panel Discussion, WKRG Channel 5 News (CBS Affiliate)Governor Riley's Amendment One Tax Increase Proposal2003
Alabama Young Democrats State ConferenceCombatting Voter Intimidation2003
Lillian Chapter, AARPBaldwin County Politics2001
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)Defending Children in the Adult Court System2001
Career DayHow to Become a Lawyer2000
Career DayHow to Become a Lawyer1999
Baldwin County Sojourners BanquetAlabama Constitutional Reform1998