A Dedicated Birmingham, AL Attorney that Serves with Integrity.

I have been practicing for over twenty years in the areas of civil and criminal law in Alabama's state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. I have the knowledge, experience and record of results to provide you with the advice and representation you need. I am a Birmingham attorney, but I practice throughout Alabama.

I am a determined fighter for my clients who does not rest until my clients receive justice or I have done everything possible within the bounds of the law and an ethical representation to achieve excellent results.

I started working as a law clerk for Richard Jaffe in 1987 when Mr. Jaffe was a partner at Jaffe, Burton & Digiorgio, P.C., and I became an associate there in 1990 upon graduation from law school. When Richard Jaffe decided to establish his own practice, I followed Mr. Jaffe as an associate and later became his partner at Jaffe & Strickland, P.C. Later, Derek Drennan and Hube Dodd would become associates and then partners at Jaffe, Strickland, Drennan & Dodd, P.C. I was in charge of writing most of the firm’s appellate briefs, and I ran all aspects of the civil litigation side for the firm, including case management, complex discovery, motions practice, depositions, trials, and appeals, when necessary. Most of the civil cases that I have handled were on behalf of injured individuals but I have also successfully represented businesses as well.

I am currently a solo practitioner, but both Hube Dodd and I remain as "of counsel" with Jaffe & Drennan, P.C. We were co-counsel for the Honorable Bernard Kincaid, Mayor for the City of Birmingham – 2000-2008. In addition, Richard Jaffe and I worked with Barry Scheck and his organization, The Innocence Project, to obtain the release of an inmate through DNA evidence.

In Alabama, five Death Row inmates have been exonerated and are now free. Our firm was the only firm in the country to free three men from death row through new trials. My former partners Richard Jaffe and Derek Drennan were the lead trial counsel in three of the exoneration cases: State of Alabama v. Randal Padgett,State of Alabama v. James (Bo) Cochran, and State of Alabama v. Gary Drinkard. I successfully represented Wesley Quick, the 5th exoneree, on his appeal. Hence, four of the five exonerated Death Row inmates were represented by our firm.

I am a successful negotiator, mediator, and litigator, and I have obtained many favorable settlements and verdicts for my clients. I have a long string of successes regarding sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace, jail suicides, automobile and truck accidents, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, serious personal injuries, malicious prosecution, and civil rights abuses.

I have won numerous civil and criminal appeals, including double jeopardy victories in 2010 in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. I have written over 100 civil and criminal briefs before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court.

I have worked on numerous death penalty cases, including Walter Leroy Moody(legal research), Eric Rudolph (some research and represented civil litigation),Brandon Mitchell (Birmingham Thanksgiving murders – court appointed direct appeal), Michael Lewis (direct appeal), Joseph Wilson (Huntsville cell phone murders – represented in post conviction), James McWilliams (post conviction state and federal), Charles Gregory Clark (direct appeal and post-conviction),Mohammad Sharifi (Iranian convicted of capital murder of his wife and her friend – direct appeal and filed state rule 32 petition), O.M. v. State (Gadsden fire bomb murder – after he won his direct appeal of juvenile transfer, case was remanded and dismissed), Leroy White (hired UAB linguistic expert, cert granted by Alabama Supreme Court and then quashed due to United States Supreme Court decision regarding substantial doubt jury instructions), Wesley Quick (I won his appeal and he was later acquitted at his new trial), Merrill v. State (death sentence changed to life without parole), and Jermaine Robinson (charged with capital murder before Supreme Court's juvenile decision years later).

$2,148,190.17
$1,000,000.00
$650,000.00
$433,000.00
$400,000.00
$325,000.00
$275,000.00
$275,000.00
$265,000.00
$250,000.00
$250,000.00
$250,000.00
$225,000.00
$225,000.00
$215,000.00
$215,000.00
$212,500.00
$185,000.00
$175,000.00
$165,000.00
$165,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$115,000.00
$112,500.00
$100,000.00
$150,000.00
$110,000.00
$100,000.00
$100,000.00
$97,500.00
$95,000.00
$85,000.00
$78,500.00
$75,000.00
$75,000.00
$75,000.00
$60,000.00
$60,000.00
$50,000.00
$60,000.00
$55,000.00
$50,000.00
$50,000.00

• O.M. v. State, 595 So.2d 514 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• Sphere Drake Ins. P.L.C. v. Shoney's Inc., 923 F.Supp. 1481 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
• Lancaster v. Monroe County, AL, 116 F.3d 1419 (11th Cir. 1997)
• Ex parte McCombs, 24 So.3d 1175 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)
• United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2009)
• Ex parte Sanders, 612 So.2d 1199 (Ala. 1993)
• Quick v. State, 825 So.2d 246 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
• Ex parte Hamm, 785 So.2d 1126 (Ala. 2000)
• Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 791 So.2d 937 (Ala. 2001)
• Hollingsworth v. Edgar, 2006 W.L. 2009104 (M.D. Ala.)
• Mordecai v. State, 858 So.2d 993 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
• Merrill v. State, 741 So.2d 1099 (Ala.Crim.App. 1997)
• Ferrill v. The Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Raney v. Vinson Guard Service, Inc., 120 F.3d 1192 (11th Cir. 1997)
• Lucero v. City of Birmingham, 592 So.2d 656 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• U.S. v. Floyd, 126 Fed.Appx. 934 (11th Cir. 2005)
• Garcia v. Killingsworth, 425 Fed.Appx. 831 (11th Cir. 2011)
• David v. SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, Inc., 120 F.3d 1199 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Falkner v. State, 586 So.2d 48 (Ala.Cr.App. 1991)
• Hernandez v. City of Hoover, Alabama, 212 Fed.Appx. 774 (11th Cir. 2006)
• Sims v. Quilliams, 378 Fed.Appx. 945 (11th Cir. 2010)
• Bracewell v. Lobmiller, 938 F.Supp. 1571 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
• Vaughn v. City of Athens, 176 Fed.Appx. 974 (11th Cir. 2006)
• Wallace v. Jackson, 667 Supp.2d 1267 (M.D.Ala. 2009)
• Click v. State, 821 So.2d 218 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
• Gooden v. City of Talladega, 966 So.2d 232 (Ala. 2007)
• Ex parte Lewis, 24 So.3d 540 (Ala. 2009)
• Ferrill v. Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Jelks v. Caputo, 607 So.2d 177 (Ala. 1992)
• Chatman v. State, 813 So.2d 956 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
• Williams v. Love, 681 So.2d 137 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
• Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 868 So.2d 1071 (Ala. 2003)
• Scott v. Estes, 60 F.Supp.2d 1260 (M.D.Ala. 1999)
• Webb v. State, 696 So.2d 295 (Ala.Crim.App. 1996)
• Ex parte Mitchell, 84 So.3d 1013 (Ala. 2011)
• State v. Click, 768 So.2d 417 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
• Woods v. State, 593 So.2d 103 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• S.E.C. v. Healthsouth Corp., 261 F.Supp.2d 1298 (N.D.Ala. 2003)
• Staples v. State, 55 So.3d 362 (Ala.Crim.App. 2007)
• Schoenvogel v. Venator Group Retail, Inc., (Ala. 2004)
• Smith v. State, 660 So.2d 1320 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
• Russell v. State, 886 So.2d 123 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
• Wilson v. State, 911 So.2d 40 (Ala.Crim.App. 2005)
• McWilliams v. State, 897 So.2d 437 (Ala.Crim.App. 2004)
• Sharifi v. State, 993 So.2d 907 (Ala.Crim.App. 2008)
• Wilkerson v. State, 70 So.3d 442 (Ala.Crim.App. 2011)
• Mitchell v. State, 84 So.3d 968 (Ala.Crim.App. 2010)
• Clark v. State, 896 So.2d 584 (Ala.Crim.App. 2000)
• U.S. v. Matthews, 410 Fed.Appx. 257 (11th Cir. 2011)
• U.S. v. Young, 330 Fed.Appx. 791 (11th Cir. 2009)
• Willis v. Kincaid, 983 So.2d 1100 (Ala. 2007)
• Ex parte White, 587 So.2d 1236 (Ala. 1991)
• Ex parte J.R., 582 So.2d 444 (Ala. 1991)

Attorney Profile

I have been practicing for over twenty years in the areas of civil and criminal law in Alabama's state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. I have the knowledge, experience and record of results to provide you with the advice and representation you need. I am a Birmingham attorney, but I practice throughout Alabama.

I am a determined fighter for my clients who does not rest until my clients receive justice or I have done everything possible within the bounds of the law and an ethical representation to achieve excellent results.

I started working as a law clerk for Richard Jaffe in 1987 when Mr. Jaffe was a partner at Jaffe, Burton & Digiorgio, P.C., and I became an associate there in 1990 upon graduation from law school. When Richard Jaffe decided to establish his own practice, I followed Mr. Jaffe as an associate and later became his partner at Jaffe & Strickland, P.C. Later, Derek Drennan and Hube Dodd would become associates and then partners at Jaffe, Strickland, Drennan & Dodd, P.C. I was in charge of writing most of the firm’s appellate briefs, and I ran all aspects of the civil litigation side for the firm, including case management, complex discovery, motions practice, depositions, trials, and appeals, when necessary. Most of the civil cases that I have handled were on behalf of injured individuals but I have also successfully represented businesses as well.

I am currently a solo practitioner, but both Hube Dodd and I remain as "of counsel" with Jaffe & Drennan, P.C. We were co-counsel for the Honorable Bernard Kincaid, Mayor for the City of Birmingham – 2000-2008. In addition, Richard Jaffe and I worked with Barry Scheck and his organization, The Innocence Project, to obtain the release of an inmate through DNA evidence.

In Alabama, five Death Row inmates have been exonerated and are now free. Our firm was the only firm in the country to free three men from death row through new trials. My former partners Richard Jaffe and Derek Drennan were the lead trial counsel in three of the exoneration cases: State of Alabama v. Randal Padgett,State of Alabama v. James (Bo) Cochran, and State of Alabama v. Gary Drinkard. I successfully represented Wesley Quick, the 5th exoneree, on his appeal. Hence, four of the five exonerated Death Row inmates were represented by our firm.

I am a successful negotiator, mediator, and litigator, and I have obtained many favorable settlements and verdicts for my clients. I have a long string of successes regarding sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace, jail suicides, automobile and truck accidents, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, serious personal injuries, malicious prosecution, and civil rights abuses.

I have won numerous civil and criminal appeals, including double jeopardy victories in 2010 in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. I have written over 100 civil and criminal briefs before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court.

I have worked on numerous death penalty cases, including Walter Leroy Moody(legal research), Eric Rudolph (some research and represented civil litigation),Brandon Mitchell (Birmingham Thanksgiving murders – court appointed direct appeal), Michael Lewis (direct appeal), Joseph Wilson (Huntsville cell phone murders – represented in post conviction), James McWilliams (post conviction state and federal), Charles Gregory Clark (direct appeal and post-conviction),Mohammad Sharifi (Iranian convicted of capital murder of his wife and her friend – direct appeal and filed state rule 32 petition), O.M. v. State (Gadsden fire bomb murder – after he won his direct appeal of juvenile transfer, case was remanded and dismissed), Leroy White (hired UAB linguistic expert, cert granted by Alabama Supreme Court and then quashed due to United States Supreme Court decision regarding substantial doubt jury instructions), Wesley Quick (I won his appeal and he was later acquitted at his new trial), Merrill v. State (death sentence changed to life without parole), and Jermaine Robinson (charged with capital murder before Supreme Court's juvenile decision years later).

Past Settlements

$2,148,190.17
$1,000,000.00
$650,000.00
$433,000.00
$400,000.00
$325,000.00
$275,000.00
$275,000.00
$265,000.00
$250,000.00
$250,000.00
$250,000.00
$225,000.00
$225,000.00
$215,000.00
$215,000.00
$212,500.00
$185,000.00
$175,000.00
$165,000.00
$165,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$150,000.00
$115,000.00
$112,500.00
$100,000.00
$150,000.00
$110,000.00
$100,000.00
$100,000.00
$97,500.00
$95,000.00
$85,000.00
$78,500.00
$75,000.00
$75,000.00
$75,000.00
$60,000.00
$60,000.00
$50,000.00
$60,000.00
$55,000.00
$50,000.00
$50,000.00

Appellate Victories

• O.M. v. State, 595 So.2d 514 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• Sphere Drake Ins. P.L.C. v. Shoney's Inc., 923 F.Supp. 1481 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
• Lancaster v. Monroe County, AL, 116 F.3d 1419 (11th Cir. 1997)
• Ex parte McCombs, 24 So.3d 1175 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)
• United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2009)
• Ex parte Sanders, 612 So.2d 1199 (Ala. 1993)
• Quick v. State, 825 So.2d 246 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
• Ex parte Hamm, 785 So.2d 1126 (Ala. 2000)
• Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 791 So.2d 937 (Ala. 2001)
• Hollingsworth v. Edgar, 2006 W.L. 2009104 (M.D. Ala.)
• Mordecai v. State, 858 So.2d 993 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
• Merrill v. State, 741 So.2d 1099 (Ala.Crim.App. 1997)
• Ferrill v. The Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Raney v. Vinson Guard Service, Inc., 120 F.3d 1192 (11th Cir. 1997)
• Lucero v. City of Birmingham, 592 So.2d 656 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• U.S. v. Floyd, 126 Fed.Appx. 934 (11th Cir. 2005)
• Garcia v. Killingsworth, 425 Fed.Appx. 831 (11th Cir. 2011)
• David v. SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, Inc., 120 F.3d 1199 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Falkner v. State, 586 So.2d 48 (Ala.Cr.App. 1991)
• Hernandez v. City of Hoover, Alabama, 212 Fed.Appx. 774 (11th Cir. 2006)
• Sims v. Quilliams, 378 Fed.Appx. 945 (11th Cir. 2010)
• Bracewell v. Lobmiller, 938 F.Supp. 1571 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
• Vaughn v. City of Athens, 176 Fed.Appx. 974 (11th Cir. 2006)
• Wallace v. Jackson, 667 Supp.2d 1267 (M.D.Ala. 2009)
• Click v. State, 821 So.2d 218 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
• Gooden v. City of Talladega, 966 So.2d 232 (Ala. 2007)
• Ex parte Lewis, 24 So.3d 540 (Ala. 2009)
• Ferrill v. Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
• Jelks v. Caputo, 607 So.2d 177 (Ala. 1992)
• Chatman v. State, 813 So.2d 956 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
• Williams v. Love, 681 So.2d 137 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
• Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 868 So.2d 1071 (Ala. 2003)
• Scott v. Estes, 60 F.Supp.2d 1260 (M.D.Ala. 1999)
• Webb v. State, 696 So.2d 295 (Ala.Crim.App. 1996)
• Ex parte Mitchell, 84 So.3d 1013 (Ala. 2011)
• State v. Click, 768 So.2d 417 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
• Woods v. State, 593 So.2d 103 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
• S.E.C. v. Healthsouth Corp., 261 F.Supp.2d 1298 (N.D.Ala. 2003)
• Staples v. State, 55 So.3d 362 (Ala.Crim.App. 2007)
• Schoenvogel v. Venator Group Retail, Inc., (Ala. 2004)
• Smith v. State, 660 So.2d 1320 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
• Russell v. State, 886 So.2d 123 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
• Wilson v. State, 911 So.2d 40 (Ala.Crim.App. 2005)
• McWilliams v. State, 897 So.2d 437 (Ala.Crim.App. 2004)
• Sharifi v. State, 993 So.2d 907 (Ala.Crim.App. 2008)
• Wilkerson v. State, 70 So.3d 442 (Ala.Crim.App. 2011)
• Mitchell v. State, 84 So.3d 968 (Ala.Crim.App. 2010)
• Clark v. State, 896 So.2d 584 (Ala.Crim.App. 2000)
• U.S. v. Matthews, 410 Fed.Appx. 257 (11th Cir. 2011)
• U.S. v. Young, 330 Fed.Appx. 791 (11th Cir. 2009)
• Willis v. Kincaid, 983 So.2d 1100 (Ala. 2007)
• Ex parte White, 587 So.2d 1236 (Ala. 1991)
• Ex parte J.R., 582 So.2d 444 (Ala. 1991)

Stephen Strickland

Stephen A. Strickland


TESTIMONIALS
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  • "I have worked along side Stephen Strickland for over 20 years. He has also served as my personal lawyer on several occasions over the years. Stephen is a lawyer with great skills and the highest integrity. He possesses a keen legal mind and is exceptionally creative. He is a vigorous and very effective advocate for all of his clients. I would give him the highest of ratings!"

    - Richard Jaffe, Esq.
  • "Right from the start, Stephen Strickland impressed me with his efficient and professional manner. I had been involved in an automobile accident with a drunk driver had injuries. Mr. Strickland provided me with excellent representation to obtain the results I needed with regard to my loss of work, injuries, and expenses due to the accident."

    - Meredith Gray
  • "A friend recommended Stephen to me and I couldn't have been happier with my decision to use him as a lawyer. Stephen was extremely helpful the entire way. He's a very nice guy that was always available when I needed a question answered and always on top of things when they needed to be done. I would absolutely use him again!"

    - Jackson Rawls
  • "Stephen Strickland represented in a very high profile case. Three years later, he won the case for me. He is one great attorney."

    - A. G. Langston
  • "My pastor referred me to Stephen Strickland. I was in a very bad car wreck. Stephen Strickland won my case and was there for me every step of the way. Stephen was very helpful and was able to explain my legal situation in a way that I could understand. I lived out-of-town and we were able to do most of my case over the phone. Stephen always kept me informed on what and what not to expect."

    - Ieasture Haynes
  • "Stephen Strickland is a great, wonderful lawyer, person, and friend. He helped me with a lawsuit that lasted several years. Through working with Stephen, we grew to be good friends and there is nothing I would not do for him. Stephen has helped me with several cases since then and won every case he has helped me with."

    - Vern Borden

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