Attorney at LawDavid McKnight

David McKnight has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Alabama and the Southeast. David’s clients have included Fortune 500 officers, elected officials and private citizens. He graduated cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in 1986 and has been trying cases for over 30 years.

David is committed to truly understanding the needs of each client and tailoring an investigation and litigation plan to meet these needs. These attributes have allowed David to obtain million dollar civil judgments and numerous not guilty verdicts on behalf of his clients while avoiding prosecution altogether for others. In addition, David represents professionals before their state licensing boards.

David has written and lectured on various criminal defense topics and received numerous awards over the years.

When he is not advocating for his clients, David enjoys spending time with his wife (Michelle) and family. David and Michelle are active at The Church At Brook Hills.


  • Complex Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • White Collar and General Criminal Defense
  • Administrative Hearings before State Licensing Boards


  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • Alabama State Bar, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama


  • US v. McGregor, et al-not guilty verdict on behalf lobbyist
  • US v. Siegelman, et al-not verdict on behalf of State Highway Director
  • US v. Healthsouth officers litigation-represented former CFO
  • Just for Feet litigation-represented former CEO
  • US v. Gilbert, et al – charges dismissed against attorney mid-trial


  • 1997-2019 AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell (highest possible peer review rating in legal and ethical standards)
  • 2016-2019 Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • 2019, 2020 Lawyer of the Year (Criminal Defense: White Collar in Birmingham) by Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009-2015 Alabama SuperLawyer
  • 2007-2019 Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016 Lifetime Achievement, America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2013 Top Lawyers in Alabama, Business Alabama
  • 2012 Top Attorneys, Birmingham Magazine
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