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James "Derek" Drennan - Birmingham, AL

500 Office Park DriveSuite 100 Birmingham, AL 35223

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Updated: 09/13/2016

Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer


Derek Drennan has been a dedicated advocate for his clients for nearly 20 years. He has focused his practice in the defense of citizens accused of crimes both great and small. Aggressively challenging the federal and state government's attempts to strip his clients of their lives, liberties and their property at each and every opportunity has been a consistent feature of his practice...

About James "Derek" Drennan

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense 100%


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee

Other Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2000 - Present (Member)
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996 - Present (Member)


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1996
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1992
    Honors: Dean's List
    Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • Richard S. Jaffe, P.C., Clerk

Classes and Seminars

  • "Beyond Diminished Capacity", ACDLA, 2009 - Present
  • “Preserving your Client’s Life", ACDLA, 2004 - Present


Other Sources of Feedback About James "Derek" Drennan

Included on the 2022 Mid-South list

Past Lists

  • 2021 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

View the profile for James "Derek" Drennan on Super Lawyers


  • B·Metro Rising Star Attorney, 2008
  • Top Attorneys Birmingham Magazine, 2012

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Office Information


500 Office Park DriveSuite 100 Birmingham, AL 35223


  • 205-803-1101

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 8:00am-5:00pm and Fri 8:00am-4:00pm

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