Michael P. Hanle

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C.
 | 2320 Arlington Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: 205-208-7931
Fax: 205-900-7714
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
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Attorney Profile

A partner at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., Michael P. Hanle dedicates his practice entirely to criminal defense, focusing particularly on litigation. Mr. Hanle represents clients throughout the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area who have been accused of criminal offenses. He handles a variety of cases ranging from drug offenses to white collar crimes and practices in both federal and state courts.

Mr. Hanle began his career by attending Louisiana State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree with honors in business. He then went on to attend the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1991. In the same year, Mr. Hanle became admitted to practice in Louisiana. In 1995, he was admitted to practice in Alabama.

Mr. Hanle is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts of the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In order to forge professional relationships and better his practice, Mr. Hanle holds membership in organizations such as the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has served as President of both organizations. He gives back to his community by performing pro bono work on behalf of Project Homeless Connect, Homeless Court and the Birmingham Bar Association's Volunteer Laywer Program.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Hanle has earned a number of accolades throughout his career. He was first selected as a Super Lawyer in 2012 and has continued to achieve that recognition through 2019.  From 2014 to 2017, he earned the President's Award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2014 and 2015, he also received the association's Merit Award as a result of exceptional represenation in the courtroom. In addition, Mr. Hanle has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021

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About Michael Hanle

Admitted: 1995, Alabama

Professional Webpage: http://www.rjaffelaw.com/attorneys/michael-patrick-hanle/


  • Awarded for exceptional service to the general membership of the organization., President's Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2019
  • President's Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2011 - 2015
  • Merit Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014 - 2015
  • Pro Bono Award, Young Lawyers Section, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2009
  • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010 Past President, Member 1998 - Present
  • Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1998
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2015 - 2016 Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President Elect, 2016-2017 Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2017-2018 Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chair, Legislative Committee, 2013-2021
  • Alabama State Bar Appointed Counsel and Indigent Representation Committee, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2009
  • Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Birmingham Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyer Program, Criminal Defense, 2010 - 2019, 2019
  • Project Homeless Connect and Homeless Court, Birmingham, AL, 2010 - 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Case Law Update, ACDLA
  • Alabama Sentencing Standards, ACDLA

Educational Background:

  • Southern University Law Center, 1991
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, B.A., Major: Business, 1986, 1986

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
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Office Location for Michael P. Hanle

2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-208-7931

Fax: 205-900-7714

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Last Updated: 6/23/2021

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