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
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 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2018

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:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Verdicts/Settlements:

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

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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