Richard S. Jaffe, Attorney
Richard S. Jaffe is the Senior Partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe, Strickland, Drennan & Dodd, P.C. The firm concentrates in the area of criminal defense and personal injury, with Mr. Jaffe specializing in the areas of white collar criminal defense and death penalty litigation. He has handled over fifty capital cases, including two federal death penalty cases. Only one of his clients has ever received the death penalty and less than 5 are doing life sentences. His acquittal rate is among the highest in the country. He is the only attorney in the nation who has successfully defended three death row inmates at new trials after they had previously been sentenced to death. He was lead counsel in each of those cases. He and his firm have participated in numerous other acquittals of individuals facing the death penalty, both at trial and on appeal. In addition, Mr. Jaffe has successfully represented many individuals and corporations facing significant sentences for violations of Federal Criminal Offenses.
Mr. Jaffe has been board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist since January 31, 1984. Richard was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America(r) 2007 in the fields of White Collar and Non-White Collar criminal defense. (Copyright 2006 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
For the last 4 years Richard has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Georgia, D.C. and Alabama. Mr. Jaffe is a sought after speaker at litigation conferences throughout the United States. He is a faculty member of the Death Penalty College at Santa Clara, California, which trains death penalty lawyers.
In 1994, the Alabama Bar Association awarded him the prestigious Clarence Darrow Award for the contributions he has made in defending indigent people charged with criminal offenses. The Roderick Beddow Award, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer Association's most prestigious award for service in the criminal defense field, was presented to Mr. Jaffe in the summer of 2002. It is awarded "in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the practice of criminal law."
Mr. Jaffe served as president of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, and is a founder and past-president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association. He taught "Evidence" at the minority Miles Law School in Birmingham, Alabama for eight years.
Mr. Jaffe has published many articles and papers in connection with the training of attorneys. His February 2001 article in the Champion magazine was repeatedly cited in the Cornell Law Journal in a definitive study on jury selection in capital cases. It has been reprinted by several organizations that train trial lawyers.
Mr. Jaffe is frequently called upon to comment on death penalty issues and other areas of criminal law by television, radio and print media. He has been the subject of numerous stories reporting his successes in the death penalty area. One recent television story led with the byline, "Birmingham's Matlock." Mr. Jaffe is portrayed as the lawyer Richard Jasper in the recently published book, ForestHome. Two of Mr. Jaffe's clients have been portrayed in a New York play, "The Exonerated" and have been approached for a television series.
A graduate of the University of Alabama and University of Alabama Law School, Mr. Jaffe maintains residences in Birmingham and Atlanta.
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