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Richard Stephen Jaffe

Criminal defense Attorney at Birmingham, AL

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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 39 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 40 years
    New York - NY 41 years
    Alabama - AL 47 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1984
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1983
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1976
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Richard

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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. 


Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C.
2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • jaffe and Drennan P.C.
  • 1976 - 2013


  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Che Swindle
  • acquittal
  • State v Fred spencer
  • Acquittal
  • United States v S.P.
  • Probation
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  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • No Value
  • 1982 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • board member 3 terms
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year White-collar B'Ham
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Top 50 lawyes Alabama
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Lawyer of year non- white collar birmingham
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Roderick Beddow Award
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2001
  • Clarence Darrow Award
  • Alabama State Bar
  • 1999
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  • New Horizon books
  • Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned
  • 2012
  • The Champion magazine
  • Voir dire in captial Cases
  • 1997
  • The Champion magazine
  • The Diminshed Capacity Defense
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual
  • Themes and Therories- Telling the client's story
  • 2013
  • Loosining The Death Belt
  • Opening Statements
  • 2013
  • loosening the Death Belt
  • Jury Selection in DP Cases
  • 2013
  • Sexual Assault cases at the Big Easy
  • Taint Hearings
  • 2012
  • Making the Case for life
  • Jury Selection in DP Csses
  • 2012
  • Loosening the Death Belt
  • Voir Dire
  • 2011
  • Experts
  • Setting up Cross Examination for Experts
  • 2010
  • Experts-
  • Expert witnesses- Saving yours, destroying theirs
  • 2009
  • Experts- using yours, destroying theirs
  • Experts
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is the gold standard for criminal defense in the area. Many lawyers claim to represent people accused of a crime, but if your life or freedom is at stake, do you really want to use just anyone? I would turn to Richard first if I were ever accused of a crime. I endorse him completely."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Other
"Last year, I had the opportunity to hear Attorney Jaffe speak at a CLE sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have also read his book, "Quest for Justice." After hearing him speak and reading about his career, I am confident in saying that Attorney Jaffe is that special brand of attorney that does not come along very often. He is bright, incredibly talented, with a world of experience, and desire to seek justice - no matter how deeply she may hide herself. I highly recommend Attorney Jaffe."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard as a criminal defense attorney. He is one of the very best criminal defense attorneys and highly regarded by all of his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard whole-heartedly. I have known him for a number of years and know his commitment to the criminally accused. He has had great success in capital case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Jaffe is one of the most highly regarded and most successful criminal defense lawyers in the state of Alabama. Mr. Jaffe has acquired over 40 years of legal experience and has defended more capital murder and other serious felony offenses than probably any other criminal defense lawyer currently practicing law. His exceptional courtroom skills and skillful cross-examination techniques are a model for other lawyers to emulate. Mr. Jaffe is often called "the lawyer's lawyer" as mark of respect within the bench and the bar. Mr. Jaffe has been compared to great Clarance Darrow, the legendary criminal defense lawyer from the past century who accepted the most difficult criminal cases and achieved an acquittal based on the facts and the evidence. Without question, Richard Jaffe is properly considered in the top 1% of all Alabama lawyers currently practicing law."
White collar crime Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Jaffe is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with his time and expertise. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard Jaffe is one of the true champions of the criminal justice system in Alabama. When other lawyers are asked to name the best criminal trial lawyers in the state, his name invariably is included, and deservedly so. He is as skilled in trial as any lawyer I know."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard is in a class of premiere advocates that all lawyers aspire to emulate. His knowledge and experience is known by all who have come in contact with him and is evident by his numerous awards and accomplishments. He diligently works for the best possible resolution for his clients and he gets results. I fully endorse Richard Stephen Jaffe."
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Birmingham Criminal defense Lawyer Richard Stephen Jaffe
Richard Stephen Jaffe
Criminal defense Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 47 years
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