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Joel L. Sogol

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Tuscaloosa, AL

Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law
811 21st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 205-345-0966
Fax: 205-345-0971
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013, 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Alabama Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
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Attorney Profile

The founder of his eponymous law firm, Joel L. Sogol divides his practice between criminal defense matters and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he furnishes representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Alabama since 1973, Mr. Sogol is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Sogol's criminal defense clients are people who have been charged by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The cases that he has worked on have included driving under the influence of alcohol, homicide, drug possession and trafficking, weapons violations, sex offenses and white collar crimes, among others. He has been able to obtain positive results for his clients through dismissals, acquittals, reversals on appeal, and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution.

In his personal injury practice, Mr. Sogol represents people who have been harmed by the negligence of other persons or entities. He has handled claims arising out of nursing home abuse, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, dog bites, and premises liability, and he has obtained significant compensation on behalf of his clients through both jury awards and settlements that he has negotiated out of court with defendants and their liability insurance companies. Mr. Sogol's successful track record in all of his professional endeavors has earned him a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, among other honors. A 1973 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, he is a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and other professional groups.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013, 2019 - 2021

About Joel L. Sogol

First Admitted: 1973, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.joelsogol.com/attorney/joel-l-sogol/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1977
  • Member, Alabama Law Institute, Criminal Law Seminar Planning Committee, 1986 - 1992
  • Member, A.C.L.U.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • President, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1983 - 1984
  • Member, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Litigation Committee, 1989 - 1999
  • Founding Member, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1981
  • Chairman, Alabama State Bar Association, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1995 - 1997
  • President, Northport Jaycees, 1981 - 1982
  • Member, Alabama Judicial Study Commissions, Indigent Defense Committee, 1987 - 1988
  • Member, Alabama State Bar Association, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1994 - 1997
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1977
  • Administrative Office of Courts-Rule 11, Revision Committee, 1990 - 1995
  • Member, Civil Liberties Union of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1979
  • NAACP/Legal Defense Fund National Death Penalty Conference, Attended, 1988
  • Member, American Inns of Court CXXI
  • Southeast Regional Board Member, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1985 - Present
  • Vice-President, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1981 - 1982
  • President, Sentencing Options, Inc., 1992 - Present
  • Co-Executive Director, Temerson Lodge, B'nai B'rith, 1984 - 1986
  • Member, Alabama State Bar Association, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1984 - 1988
  • Co-Executive Director, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, University of Alabama, 1984 - 1986
  • Alabama, 1973
  • Board of Directors, Tuscaloosa Emergency Services, Inc., 1994 - 1997
  • Member, Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1990
  • NAACP/Legal Defense Fund National Death Penalty Conference, Attended, 1987
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • President-Elect, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1982 - 1983
  • Member, B'nai B'rith
  • Chairman, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Litigation Committee, 1994 - 1998
  • President, Temerson Lodge, B'nai B'rith, 1985
  • Vice-Chairman, Alabama State Bar Association, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1986 - 1988
  • Executive Director, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, University of Alabama, 1986 - 1990
  • Past President of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Master at the Bench, American Inns of Court CXXI, 1992 - Present
  • Member, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association

Honors/Awards

  • SuperLawyer in Criminal Law in Alabama, 2009 - 2013, 2019
  • The Beddow Award, giving for outstanding contributions in criminal defense, Attorney, ACDLA

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Program, University of Alabama School of Law, 1982 - Present
  • Recent Developments of the Law Presentation: Practical Crim Def Law, ABICLE, Sept 2002 - Present
  • Motions and Discovery in Death Penalty Cases, Presentation, Loosening the Death Belt VI Regional Death Penalty Conference, 2002
  • Religious Diversity- Dealing with Different Beliefs Panelist, Leadership Alabama, 2000 - 2001
  • Training Seminar--Notre Dame, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1994 - Present
  • Keynote Speaker, Public Prayer and the Public, Freedom from Religion Foundation National Convention, 1995
  • Lectures on the Lawyer's Role in Sentencing, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Avoidance of Malpractice in Criminal Cases, Attorney's Insurance Mutual, 1993
  • Lecturer, Competency Under Rule 11, A.R.Cr.P., Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Director and Lecturer in Criminal Law, Peoples Law School, 1987 - 1990
  • Panelist in Discussion of Criminal Justice System Representing Criminal Defense Viewpoint, Alabama Crime Victims Annual Conference, 1989
  • Panelist in Discussion on the Criminal Justice System Representing Criminal Defense Viewpoint, Alabama Crime Victims Annual Conference, 1990
  • Lectures in Recent Criminal Decisions and Search and Seizure, Alabama Law Institute/Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • Death Penalty Conference, Lawyers Role in Sentencing, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Religious Diversity- Dealing with Different Beliefs Panelist, Leadership Alabama, 2001
  • Lectures on Avoidance of Malpractice in Criminal Cases, Attorney's Insurance Mutual Conference, 1993

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, B.A. in History, 1970
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Office Location for Joel L. Sogol

811 21st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone: 205-345-0966

Fax: 205-345-0971

Last Updated: 6/30/2021

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