Richard S. Jaffe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Birmingham, AL

Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C.
 | 2320 Arlington Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: 205-208-7931
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Administrative Law (0%)
Attorney Profile

The senior partner at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., Richard S. Jaffe has made a name for himself as one of the nation's leading criminal defense attorneys. During his distinguished career, he has represented countless of individuals and corporations who have been accused of fraud or other state or federal white-collar crimes. He has also handled dozens of capital criminal cases, including several that involved the federal death penalty, and one of his achievements has been providing a successful defense to three different death row inmates at new trials.

Mr. Jaffe has been certified as a specialist in criminal trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for more than 30 years, and he has been awarded numerous honors from his fellow professionals for his successful track record and high degree of ethics. The holder of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been the recipient of the Roderick Beddow Lifetime Achievement Award that is bestowed annually by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Based in Birmingham, Mr. Jaffe is admitted to practice in Alabama, Georgia, New York and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Jaffe is an active participant in several legal organizations. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he is a founder and past president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Jaffe received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from The University of Alabama in 1972 and was awarded his Juris Doctor by The University of Alabama School of Law in 1976.

*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

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime

Criminal Defense (20%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Administrative Law (0%)

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Richard Jaffe

Admitted: 1976, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.rjaffelaw.com/attorneys/richard-s-jaffe/

Honors/Awards:

  • Lawyer of the year, Best lawyers of America, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, Birmingham, 2010, 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers of America, White Collar, Birmingham, 2012 - 2013
  • Lawyer of The Year, Best Lawyers of America, Birmingham, Non-white Collar, 2010
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best lawyers of America, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Birmingham, 2013
  • Top 10 Super Lawyers in Alabama, Best Lawyers of America, 2007- 2015
  • President Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - 2010
  • The Roderick Beddow Award, Lifetime Achievement in Criminal Law, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA), 2002
  • Clarence Darrow Award, Alabama Bar Association
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Top Birmingham Lawyers, Birmingham Magazine, 2008 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2012
  • Best Lawyers of America, White Collar and Non-white Collar, Criminal Defense, 2007 - 2014
  • ACDLA President Award, 2007 - 2010
  • ACDLA Roderick Beddow Award, Lifetime Achievement, Criminal Defense, 2001
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1986 - Present
  • National Moot Court Team, The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1976
  • Honors Finalist Moot Court Competition, The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1976

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, National Board of trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Specialist, 1984

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Serving 4th 3 Year Term, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Georgia, 1984
  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • New York, 1982
  • Alabama, 1976
  • Board Member, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present
  • President, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1992
  • Member, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 1981 - 1994
  • Founder, Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1992
  • President, Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (GBCDLA), 1995
  • Member, Supreme Court of Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure, 1994 - 2006
  • Chairman, Criminal Justice Committee, Jefferson County, 2001 - 2005
  • Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, Alabama Bar Association, 2005
  • Co-Chair, Death Penalty Committee, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 - Present
  • Vice-Chair, Death Penalty Committee, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 - 2008
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee, 2009
  • Board of Directors, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Alabama Warrant and Indictment Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Member, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 1981 - Present
  • Member, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Contribute Pro Bono Services to those Accused of Capital Defense, 1978

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, This Chapter - The Last in the Book, Highlights Trial Strategies and Includes Forms, Inside the Minds of DUI Homicide Lawyers, 2010
  • Winning Trial Themes from Voir Dire Through Jury Instructions, Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2009
  • The Insanity Defense and Diminished Capacity, The Champion, Trial Magazine (AAJ), 1995
  • The Insanity Defense and Diminished Capacity, The Champion (NACDL), 1986
  • Author, Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, Inside the Minds; "Proven Strategies for Complex DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases" Chapter, Aspatore, 2011
  • Lecturer, Seminars and Conferences Throughout the United States
  • Author, Quest for Justice; Defending the Damned
  • Faculty, Evidence, Minority Miles Law School, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Ten Principles for Individual Voir Dire in Death Penalty Cases, The Champion, NACDL, 2001
  • Themes of Life - Helping The Jury Choose Life by Telling the Clients Story, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), 2004
  • Power Themes to Winning, Tennessee Trial College, 2006
  • Obtaining The Necessary Funds to Save a Life - Primer, The Brian R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006
  • Attacking the State's Aggravation Case: Cross Examining The State's Aggravation Witnesses, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, De Paul University College of Law, 2006
  • Ten Principals for Individual or Small Group Panel Individualized Voir Dire on Death Penalty, Capital Defense Training, Center for American and International Law, Piano, Texas, 2006
  • Twelve Principals of Capital Litigation, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007
  • Using Experts - Sinking or Swimming, NACDL, Key West, Florida, 2007
  • Brainstorming and Coordinating the Themes and Theories for Life, Capital Defense - The Punishment Phase, The Center for American and International Law, Piano, Texas, 2007
  • Jury Selection in Death Penalty Cases, Making the Case for Life, NACDL and Southern Center for Human Rights, 2008
  • Opening Statements, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pensacola Florida, 2009
  • The Colorado Method of Jury Selection, NACDL, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009
  • Former Faculty Member, Miles Law School
  • Former Faculty Member, Santa Clara Death Penalty College
  • Former Faculty Member, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College

Representative Clients:

  • Co-Counsel, Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid, 2008
  • State of Alabama v. Gratton
  • State of Alabama v. Ford
  • State of Alabama v. Cochran
  • State of Alabama v. Padgett
  • State of Alabama v. Drinkard
  • USA v. Holley
  • USA v. Kelley
  • USA v. Price
  • Former Lead Counsel, USA v. Eric Rudolph

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Best Lawyers of America Named him White Collar Lawyer of the year for Birmingham, Alabama, 2013
Office Location for Richard S. Jaffe

2320 Arlington Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-208-7931

 

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Last Updated: 9/27/2018

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