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S. Phillip Bahakel

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pelham, AL

4.0   8 reviews

also known as Sahid Phillip Bahakel

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1981
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Former Family Court Judge in Jefferson County, Alabama from 2001 to 2007.

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S. Phillip Bahakel & Associates
2166 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL, 35124-0088


4.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Kevin | December 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He’s my hero in these tough times.It was a pleasure to meet & plan my new will etc.Much thanks to Phillip.
Posted by Lisa | February 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Love my grandson.
Phillip is my son's Attorney. He knows the law and has helped my family so much. Even the times we wanted to throw in the towel he never let my son give up. If you need a caring attorney who knows the law this is who you need. I can't thank Phillip enough for all he has done.
Posted by Gracie | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Very Caring Attorney
I would recommend Mr Bahakel to anyone. Upon first stepping in his office he made me feel comfortable and welcome. He is extremely knowledgeable and treats you with the utmost respect. It is apparent that he loves his profession and wants the best for all his clients.
Posted by Thrilled! | June 8, 2015
By far THE BEST!
Mr. Bahakel absolutely knows the law, works tirelessly for his clients, goes way beyond what your typical attorney would consider usual and customary to put into a case, does not just file a motion & wait but stays on top of things, makes sure everything is responded to by the other party in a timely manner & keeps his clients informed. He makes himself readily available to his clients, promptly returning phone calls regardless to the time of day & never makes you feel as if any question is stupid (like some attorneys I have dealt with in the past). There is honestly not enough good I can say about this man!
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Posted by Kimberly | November 10, 2014
Best Alabama Attorney
Mr. Bahakel really knows the law and doesn't want an arm and a leg to explain it. After being deceived by my previous attorney, Mr. Bahakel set my mind at ease. He gave me great advice and pointed me in the right direction, without charging me a dime. Yes, he offers free consultations although he gives out so much useful legal advice, he should really start charging!!! I will definitely use Mr. Phillip Bahakel for all of my legal needs and I highly recommend him!!!
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Posted by Proud Dad! | December 4, 2013
Proud dad
Great Lawyer!!!!! Really stop surfing the Net!! He really looks out for the CHILD'S well being. He is former judge who knows the Law. I received Full custody of my daughter being that the mother deprived me of my right to see her. Finally, the law worked for us Great Fathers who really want to be in their child's life!!! Highly recommend this lawyer, trust me I have not been paid to say any of this I just know how it feels to keep trying and trying and no progress. This guy is the real deal! God bless!
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Posted by Antonio | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dangerous Attorney
Mr. Bahakel was hired on April 5th 2018 with a $5,000 retainer. Mr. Bahakel and I had numerous meeting leading up to divorce trial date in which I provided several important documents to support my claim. Mr. Bahakel failed to make competent decisions leading up to and during the trial. Upon each meeting Mr. Bahakel provided me homework, after homework which required printing out documents and statements from years past. He boast about how he has the great ability of reading the judge in court, and his experience as judge, but certainly failed in my case. He dried all my funds and my family funds leading up to trial in the court of Judge A. Furr. Mr. Bahakel started off great: pointing out a lot of things that was missed by my previous attorney, answering emails in timely manner, being flexible with his availability, helping me carry files into the court room, treating me to breakfast prior to hearing etc. The trial was continued which should have been a easily won trial being that the defendant (ExWife) had an affair and had a child from a 3rd party during the marriage. Helped the plaintiff accumulate tons of martial debt mostly in my name. Transmitted an STD to the plaintiff. Used the plaintiff to get through school. The only reason the trial lasted so long because of money hungry attorneys and the fact my Ex (defendant) income was approx. $160k and mines was barely $40K during the time. Truth of the matter was I had a higher paying job and helped support her through grad school. Once she completed it was agreed I will take on an entry level job in a new area to gain new experience. However once she finished school late 2016 the beginning of 2017 it was discovered she was having an affair. The root cause for this divorce was ignored. Mr. Bahakel failed to present several vital things to the court in exhibits, therefore in the instance of an appeal new information would not be allowed. Out of all the documents Bahakel requested from me during trial preparation he maybe submitted about 10% (if that). Pose trial Bahakel shook the defendants hand and her attorney like some kind of deal was just completed. It was the most disrespecting thing an attorney could have done at such moment. It was not a well-done post-game team hand shake. It was a deal completed hand shake, specifically between my attorney, her and her attorney . Instead of helping me carry out all the files and documents he asked me to bring into court he shook the opponents hand, told me he will be in touch once the judge makes his ruling and walked out. The judge ruled against our favor and all he had to say afterward give him more money if I want to appeal. Mr. Bahakel is just another money hungry attorney who puts his personal gains and finance before the best interest of his clients. He has great experience and is knowledgeable. Any average person that meets him will think that he is the attorney to have. He is very convincing. However the sad thing is when you paying someone for their knowledge they either can use it against you or for you, and in my experience; I got screwed at the end when it mattered MOST. I learned a lot from the horrible experience.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Unprofessional
We spent a lot of money for very few results. When I had a question on our bill and the aggressiveness in the case he wrote what I’ve been told by other attorneys as the most unprofessional withdrawal they’ve ever seen. We are filing a bar complaint. Don’t waste your time.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • S. Phillip Bahakel & Associates
  • 2007 - Present
  • Family Court Judge
  • State Of Alabama
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Sole Practitioner
  • 1981 - 2001


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Family Attorney | Jul 01
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"I endorse this lawyer. Have worked with him for about 10 years. He is a man of great integrity and a very good lawyer."
Pelham Divorce and separation Lawyer S. Phillip Bahakel
S. Phillip Bahakel
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pelham, AL
Licensed for 42 years
Free Consultation