Michael W. Whisonant

Top rated White Collar Crimes attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C.
Michael W. Whisonant
Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C.

Practice Areas: White Collar Crimes, Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 2010

Education: Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020, 2022 - 2024

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C.

2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205 Visit website


Attorney Michael W. Whisonant is a partner at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Whisonant practices in the areas of criminal defense and administrative matters relating to professional licensure.  Mr. Whisonant serves clients in the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area and the surrounding counties. He handles matters involving drug crimes, DUI, juvenile crimes and white collar crimes. He has experience at the state and federal levels and with the trial and appellate process.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Whisonant has obtained successful verdicts in both complex misdemeanor and felony cases. He provides aggressive advocacy and the strongest possible representation to his clients, knowing that a criminal charge is often devastating. In addition, he has experience representing professionals including attorneys, dentists, doctors, judges and teachers before a variety of state administrative agencies.

Mr. Whisonant graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his law degree from Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in only 2.5 years and obtained his license to practice law in 2010.

Mr. Whisonant has been named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers for many years and was one of only 5 lawyers named a Rising Star in the mid-south (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee) for white collar. Mr. Whisonant has tried cases across the State of Alabama and is one of the few criminal defense attorneys to have his client acquitted in Federal Court. Mr. Whisonant also has acquittals in State Court cases ranging from Harassment to Murder.  

Active in his legal community, Mr. Whisonant is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, White Collar Crime

  • 60% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2010, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.rjaffelaw.com/attorneys/michael-w-whisonant-jr-/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alabama, 2010
  • Supreme Court of Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2010
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Top Lawyers in Alabama
  • Merit Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • College of Business Dean's List
  • Jurisprudence Committee Chair
  • Recipient, Eagle Law School Scholarship
  • Pi Lambda Sigma Honor Society
Educational Background:
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, B.S., Major: Business Administration, Honors: Dean's List, May, 2007
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • United States v. Keith Finch, Case No. 20-207-LSC- Not Guilty Verdict, 2021
  • L.A. V. State
  • J.C. V. State
  • F.P. V. State
  • A.C. V. State
  • Juvenile V. State
  • G.M. V. State

Office location for Michael W. Whisonant

2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-208-7931


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020, 2022 - 2024

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