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Cecil Tommy Nail

Criminal defense Attorney at Birmingham, AL

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    46 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Expungement

    46 years, 500 cases

  4. Sex crime

    46 years, 500 cases

  5. Violent crime

    46 years, 5,000 cases

  6. White collar crime

    46 years, 400 cases

  7. Federal crime

    46 years, 100 cases

  8. Juvenile law

    46 years, 500 cases

  9. Speeding and traffic ticket

    46 years, 700 cases

Tommy Nail is one of the most respected and successful criminal defense attorneys in the State of Alabama. After serving as a Jefferson County Criminal Circuit Court Judge from 1999 until 2017, Tommy is presently taking criminal defense cases in private practice. 

Tommy is a career criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and former presiding criminal circuit court judge with more than forty years of targeted experience. 

Tommy has tried thousands of cases, and he understands criminal defense from all angles: defense, prosecution, and judicial. Whether you have a first-time criminal charge or have repeat offenses, Tommy can help you with your case based on his knowledge of criminal procedure, criminal law, sentencing guidelines, and deferrral programs. He also a vast network of attorneys and judges that benefit Tommy's client's because of his excellent working relationships with members of the bar associations accross Alabama.

Tommy received the ultimate recognition from his peers when he received the Roderick Beddow Lifetime Award in 1999 for excellence in criminal defense. This award is the highest award granted by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a founding member and the first president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Tommy Nail's current cases include capital murder and all classes of felonies and misdemeaors. He represents clients in federal court, circuit court, district court, and municipal court. Contact Tommy today for a free consultation about your case.

Licensed for 46 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1976
Updated 11/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Tommy Nail
2001 Park Place North
Suite 261
Birmingham, AL, 35203


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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Tommy Nail Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Presiding Criminal Circuit Court Judge
  • Tenth Judicial Circuit, Alabama
  • 1999 - 2017
  • Shareholder
  • Tommy Nail Law
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Partner
  • McAbee, Nail, and Ragsdale
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Partner
  • Parker, Dawson, and Nail
  • 1986 - 1992
  • Chief Trial Lawyer
  • District Attorney's Office, Birmingham, AL
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Partner
  • Parker and Nail
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office, Birmingham, AL
  • 1977 - 1983
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  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Jacksonville State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1968


  • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • First President/Founding Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1977 - Present


  • Roderick Beddow Award
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1999

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tommy Nail is without question one of the best criminal attorneys in Alabama. Before he retired in 2017, he was the presiding criminal circuit court judge in Jefferson County. Tommy knows so many lawyers and judges in the state, and he would be an excellent choice for representation because of his connections. However, his main benefit to his clients would be his knowledge of criminal law and procedure. He was a criminal circuit court judge for eighteen years, and he has practiced criminal law for forty years. I've worked with Tommy on a matter, and I endorse him without hesitation."
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Birmingham Criminal defense Lawyer Cecil Tommy Nail
Cecil Tommy Nail
Criminal defense Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 46 years