William L. Pfeifer, Jr. – Attorney at Law
Alabama attorney William L. Pfeifer, Jr. (Bill Pfeifer) is an appellate lawyer, a trial attorney, and a freelance writer. In his legal career, he has represented individuals and businesses in courts all over Alabama since 1993. His practice now focuses primarily on criminal appeals, civil appeals, and appeals from domestic relations (family court) judgments. He has been rated an AV Preeminent attorney (the highest rating available) by other Alabama attorneys through the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating system, and Avvo has given him a 10.0 Superb Rating (their best attorney score). The National Trial Lawyers Association named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Alabama.
Bill Pfeifer is a former staff attorney to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, an experience which was valuable in developing his appellate writing skills and his knowledge of criminal law. But unlike many appellate lawyers, Pfeifer’s legal experience also includes years of litigation experience in the courtroom. This gives him a more complete understanding of the big picture of how a client’s case should be handled from start to finish. No appellate lawyer should argue on appeal about how a trial should have been conducted without a firm grasp of the practical realities of the courtroom. Likewise, no trial lawyer should argue a case to a judge or to a jury without understanding what steps must be taken during the trial to protect that client’s rights in an appeal. Attorney Bill Pfeifer brings this balance of experience to every case he handles, whether it is the simplest trial or the most complex appeal.
Pfeifer was raised in Calhoun County, Alabama, in the cities of Oxford and Anniston, and graduated from The Donoho School in Anniston in 1985. After graduation, he attended Samford University in Birmingham, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. He subsequently attended the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, and received his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in 1993.
At Samford, Pfeifer was the first recipient of the William M. Lunceford Award for Excellence in Philosophy, and was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Honors Society. At the University of Alabama School of Law, Pfeifer was the recipient of a Farrah Law Society Scholarship, was a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, served as an editor of the Law & Psychology Review, and was inducted into the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. Pfeifer served as a staff attorney to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, and has been practicing law since 1993.
Pfeifer is active in a variety of civic, political, and professional organizations. Some of Pfeifer’s professional involvements have included serving on the Board of Editors of The Alabama Lawyer (2004-2006), the Alabama State Bar Indigent Defense Task Force (1999-2001), and the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (1999 – present). He served on the advisory board of Mitigation Services of Alabama, and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Council of Appellate Lawyers.
Pfeifer has taught state and national continuing legal education seminars on topics such as the right to a speedy trial, representing children arrested and charged as adults, the assertion of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and the impact of social media on courtroom proceedings. He has also been a guest speaker at various political and civic events, addressing topics such as election law, poll watching procedures, and combating voter intimidation.
Pfeifer is the author of professional articles and books on the practice of law, and is a freelance legal writer on legal and consumer issues. Some of his articles published in professional legal journals in Alabama include “Technology in Appellate Law Practice,” published in The Guardian (the newsletter of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association) in November 2011; “Youthful Offender Applications – What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You,” published in The Guardian in June of 2010; “Challenging Hearsay in Probation Revocation Hearings,” published in The Guardian in August of 2007; “The Right to a Speedy Trial in Alabama,” published in The Alabama Lawyer in March of 2004; and “Assertion of the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Civil Proceedings,” also published in The Alabama Lawyer in January of 2006. He has also written for national legal journals such as the American Bar Association’s publication GP Solo on topics such as Privacy and Legal Outsourcing in 2012 and Practical Advice for New Law School Graduates in 2015. He wrote about law practice management for several years for About.com (now apparently rebranded as The Balance), a New York Times Company, publishing articles such as Common Lawyer Trust Account Mistakes, Essential Time Management Tips for Lawyers, Social Media in the Courtroom, and many others. Pfeifer is the author of the book How to Start a Successful Law Practice and a collection of lawyer jokes called The Greatest Lawyer Jokes of All Time. He has also written articles for magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and other publications, as well as for websites such as The Stubborn Writer, About.com, Examiner.com, Suite101.com, ThePoliticus.com, ThePoliticalLeft.com, and others.
As a believer in community involvement and civic responsibility, Pfeifer has been involved in a number of service groups and political organizations. He served as a member of the Baldwin County Democratic Executive Committee and the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee, and was the Chairman of the Baldwin County Democratic Party from 2000 to 2005. He appears in an upcoming documentary about former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, addressing the election controversy that happened in Baldwin County in 2002. In 2003 and 2004, he served on the Board of Directors of La Clinica de Baldwin, a federally funded nonprofit medical clinic primarily serving the Hispanic community of Baldwin County. From 1994 to 2000 he was an active member of the South Baldwin Jaycees, including serving as President in 1998. He has been a member of the Foley Masonic Lodge since 1996, and served as the Worshipful Master from 2000 to 2002. Pfeifer is a life member of American Mensa, the national chapter of Mensa International. He is also a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Writers Union, Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Council of Appellate Lawyers.
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