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Derek Drennan

Criminal defense Attorney at Birmingham, AL

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also known as James Derek Drennan

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Mr. Drennan's practice has been devoted to criminal defense work at all levels and all courts. From capital crimes to city court misdemeanors, the focus has been to obtain the best results possible for the client.

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    25%
    Mr. Drennan's practice includes complex litigation in the area of White Collar Crimes such as allegations of embezzlement, honest services fraud and public corruption. He has been successful at both the trial and appellate courts.

    28 years

  3. White collar crime
    25%
    Mr. Drennan's practice includes complex litigation in the area of White Collar Crimes such as allegations of embezzlement, honest services fraud and public corruption. He has been successful at both the trial and appellate courts.

    28 years

Derek Drennan has been a dedicated advocate for his clients for nearly 20 years. He has focused his practice in the defense of citizens accused of crimes both great and small. Aggressively challenging the federal and state government’s attempts to strip his clients of their lives, liberties and their property at each and every opportunity has been a consistent feature of his practice.

Drennan is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in May of 1996 and was admitted to the bar of the State of Alabama in September of that same year. While in law school, Drennan was employed as a law clerk with Doug Jones who would soon become the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Upon graduation, Drennan began a clerkship with Richard S. Jaffe, P.C. and subsequently became an associate with the firm upon admission to the bar. In 2011, Drennan formed the partnership Jaffe and Drennan, P.C.

Drennan brings with him to Kirk Drennan Law experience and dedicated representation to his clients. He practices in Federal, State and Municipal Courts and represents people accused, charged and under investigation in every conceivable area of criminal defense. His practice includes complex litigation in the area of White Collar Crimes such as allegations of embezzlement, honest services fraud and public corruption. He has been successful at both the trial and appellate courts. These victories include acquittals for offenses ranging from assault, arson, and capital murder, successfully litigated motions to suppress evidence leading to dismissals and include victories at both the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Drennan’s success in the arena of criminal defense is indicative of his attention to detail, keen understanding and passion for the law, and seeing that justice is done for each of his clients.

 
 

NOTABLE APPELLATE CASES

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2009)
    • United States v. Mormon, 602 Fed. Appx. 506 (11th Cir. 2015)
    • United States v. Matthews, 410 257 (11th. Cir. 2011)
  • Supreme Court of Alabama
    •  Ex parte King, 23 So. 3d 77 (Ala. 2009)
    • Ex parte Brown, 812 So. 2d 305 (Ala, 2001)
 
 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Alabama
  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Southern District of Alabama
  • Western District of Tennessee
  • Alabama State Bar
 
 

RECOGNITIONS

  • B·Metro Rising Star Attorney, 2008
  • Top Attorneys Birmingham Magazine 2012
 
 

SPEAKING APPEARANCES

  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar 2009, “Beyond Diminished Capacity”
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar 2005, the American Bar Association’s Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar 2004, “Preserving your Client’s Life by Preserving the Record”

Location

Kirk Drennan Law
500 Office Park Drive
Suite 100
Birmingham, AL, 35223

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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kirk Drennan Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Jaffe & Drennan
  • 1996 - 2015

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • USA v. Winston Hayes
  • Probation (reversed on appeal by government); Re-sentenced to prison after substituting new counsel
  • State v. Tavares Brown
  • Exonerated
  • State v. Deandre Powell
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys
  • Birmingham Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Birmingham Magazine
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar
  • “Beyond Diminished Capacity”
  • 2009
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar
  • The American Bar Association’s Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases
  • 2005
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar
  • “Preserving your Client’s Life by Preserving the Record”
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Derek
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Derek."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Drennan, he is an exceptional criminal defense attorney, and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek is a zealous advocate. He is very intelligent, always prepared, and is diligent in the defense of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Derek. He is a terrific attorney and works hard to defend his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Derek without question. He is one of the most impressive criminal defense attorneys in our state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Derek is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He is focused on the defense of citizens accused of crimes both great and small and works tirelessly to protect his clients liberties, property and their lives."
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Birmingham Criminal defense Lawyer Derek Drennan
Derek Drennan
Criminal defense Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 27 years