Jessica Kirk Drennan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Kirk Drennan Law
 | 500 Office Park Drive, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205-803-3500
Fax: 205-803-1101
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jessica Kirk Drennan is the founder of Kirk Drennan Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Drennan leads the firm’s family law practice group and focuses her practice exclusively on family law and serves clients throughout Birmingham and the surrounding areas. She handles matters involving alimony, custody, high-asset marital estates and various other domestic-related matters.

Ms. Drennan has been a licensed attorney since 1995 and has more than 20 years of litigation experience. She has litigated at the trial and appellate levels and is passionate about helping Alabama individuals and families. In addition to her practice, she authored the book “Divorce in Alabama” in order to help answer common divorce questions and appeared on the “Law Call” television program in 2010 to discuss domestic relations law.

Recognized for her significant contributions to the legal profession, Ms. Drennan is rated AV Preeminent* by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has held several roles in the organization over the years. She has been recognized as one of the “top family law lawyers” in Birmingham by Birmingham magazine during multiple years.

Ms. Drennan is active in her legal and professional communities. She belongs to the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association’s Women’s Section, Alabama Women in Business, the American Bar Association and the Women’s Network of Birmingham. She participates in several volunteer legal organizations and sits on the board of the Children’s Village and AROVA Contemporary Ballet.

Ms. Drennan earned her law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law. Her additional credentials include being a board-certified advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Jessica Drennan

Admitted: 1995, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://kirkdrennanlaw.com/attorneys/jessica-kirk-drennan/

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubble
  • Recognized as Top Flight Attorney of Birmingham, B•Metro Magazine, 2015
  • Invited as guest Expert on Domestic Relations on the television program, “Law Call,” February 2010
  • Selected for the 2018/2019 Leadership Birmingham Class
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009
  • Recipient of the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Meritorious Service Certificate, 1996
  • Selected for American Inns of Court, Birmingham Chapter, 2008 – 2011
  • Awarded the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Volunteer Firm of the Year, 2011
  • Recognized as Top Family Law Lawyers in Birmingham, Birmingham Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015
  • Selected for American Inns of Court, Montgomery Chapter, 1998 – 2001

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President of the Alabama Chapter, April 2013, 2014
  • American Bar Association, 1998 – Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary, 2010, 2011
  • Montgomery Bar Association, 1998 – 2001
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • The Women’s Network, 2009 – Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Secretary, 2011-2012
  • The Women’s Network, Board of Directors, 2015
  • Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, 2004 – Present
  • Chair of The Family Law Section
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Immediate Past President of the Alabama Chapter, 2015
  • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, Vice Chair, 2017
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chair Seminar Committee, 2010 – 2013
  • American Bar Association, Trial Techniques and Strategies Committee, Member, 2010
  • Birmingham Bar Association, 2001 – Present
  • Tallapoosa County Bar Association, Treasurer, 1997
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee, 2011 – Present
  • The Women’s Network, Hospitality Committee, 2013 – 2014
  • Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1996 – Present
  • Alabama Women in Business, 2012 – Present
  • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, Board of Directors, 2016
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President Elect, 2012
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1996 – Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2009 – Present
  • Tallapoosa County Bar Association, 1996 – 1998
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Public Service Committee, 2007 – 2012
  • The Women’s Network, Nominating Committee, 2013
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Co-Chair, 2015
  • The Women’s Network, Immediate Past President, 2016
  • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2010 – Present
  • Current Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer and organizer of events at Jefferson County Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2007 - 2011
  • Founding Member Legal Leaders for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Recognized as 2012 & 2013 Highest Fundraiser
  • Birmingham MS Leadership, Class of 2010
  • Volunteer and sponsor Service Juris Day, 2007 - 2012
  • Founding Member Legal Leaders for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Board Chairman, 2013
  • Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Counsel for the 2011 Leadership Class
  • Volunteer and organizer of events for Children’s Village, 2007 - 2012
  • Children’s Village, Board Member
  • AROVA Birmingham Contemporary Ballet, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Fear Factor: You’ve Just Started Family Law – Now What?”, American Bar Association Webinar, April, 2016
  • “Divorce in Alabama: Estate Planning Considerations” Estate Planning Council of Birmingham CLE, Birmingham, Alabama; March 2015
  • “Smoke and Mirrors: Understanding Business Valuations” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Advanced Litigation in Family Law CLE, Birmingham, Alabama; December 2015
  • “Protecting Your Client’s Business Assets” Alabama Bar Association Family Law Section Divorce on the Beach CLE, San Destin, Florida; May 2014
  • “Paper Chase to Paperless” Alabama Bar Association Family Law Section Divorce on the Beach CLE, San Destin, Florida; June 2012
  • “Rules of the Road: Ethics” and “Back in the Garage: Concluding a Divorce Action” National Business Institute CLE, Birmingham, Alabama; March 2009
  • “The Alabama Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act,” Cumberland School of Law, Annual CLE by the hour, Birmingham, Alabama; December 2007
  • “Get your Client Off to a Good Start” and “Resolving Challenges in Domestic Violence Cases”  Helping Your Client Through Difficult Cases, National Business Institute CLE, Birmingham, Alabama; May 2007
  • “Torts: Going Beyond the Divorce Complaint” CLE Conference, LEI, Family Law, Snowmass, Colorado; January 2007
  • Author, Jessica Kirk Drennan. Divorce in Alabama: The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect. Addicus Books, Inc. Omaha, Nebraska. 2013
  • Author, Jessica Kirk Drennan. June 12, 2012. Memorandum: Facebook can be High-tech Lipstick on a Collar. The Birmingham News
  • Author, Jessica Kirk Drennan. June 30, 2011. Memorandum: Take Asset Precautions Before Saying ‘I Do’. The Birmingham News
  • “Domestic Torts: Going Beyond the Divorce Complaint,” The Georgia Family Law Review, Fall 2008, Pages 12-17

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Vest v. Vest; NO: 2040332; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; 978 So.2d 759 (Ala.Civ.App. 2006)
  • Lang v. Lang; NO: 2121085; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; (October 2014)
  • R.K.D.; Alias v. State; Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals; 712 So.2d 754 (Ala.Crim.App. 1997)
  • Winford v. Winford; NO: 2120097; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; (August 2013)
  • Forbus v. Forbus; No. 2980333; Court of Civil Appeals
  • Neny v. Neny; NO: 2060175; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; —So.2d—2008 WL 400358 (Ala.Civ.App. February 15, 2008)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • The AG Gaston Award issued by the Birmingham Business Alliance, 2015
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Office Location for Jessica Kirk Drennan

500 Office Park Drive
Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35223

Phone: 205-803-3500

Fax: 205-803-1101

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Last Updated: 6/18/2019

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