David McKnight is an accomplished trial lawyer who 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 in trials lasting up to 6 months. David’s effective advocacy for his clients has been recognized by his peers as he has been acknowledged as a Super Lawyer, one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, a Top Attorney for Criminal Defense by Birmingham Magazine and a Top Attorney in Alabama by Business Alabama, and has maintained an AV Preeminent rating for 15 years with Martindale-Hubbell. He graduated cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in 1986 and has been trying cases for over 25 years.
David understands that severe physical injuries or the mere accusation of criminal activity can forever impair the quality of a person’s life. Because of this, he brings relentless hands on preparation, a full understanding of the client and the case, aggressive trial skills, and compassion that provides his clients with a unique brand of zealous representation. He 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. He is a member of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Association for Justice, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Alabama Criminal Code Committee.
When he is not advocating for his clients, David enjoys spending time with his wife (Michelle) and family – especially attending his sons’ sporting events (which include college football and golf). 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
General Litigation and Appellate Practice
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
Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Alabama Trial 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 guilty verdict on behalf of State Highway Director
US v. Healthsouth officers litigation-represented former CFO
Just for Feet litigation-represented former CEO