James Sturdivant
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  • The University of Alabama School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, cum laude, 2017)
  • The University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • Auburn University (B.A., 1984)


Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama


  • The Best Lawyers in America© Criminal Defense: White Collar (2007–2021); DUI/DWI Defense (2010–2021)
  • Best Lawyers®: DUI/DWI Defense "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham (2013)
  • Birmingham Magazine: "Top Attorney" in White Collar Defense/Antitrust and Criminal Defense (2014)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2009–2020)
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™



  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar: Tax Section
  • American Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section; White Collar Crime Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Former Chair, Criminal Justice Section; Executive Committee (2009–2011)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • Board of Directors, Unless U
  • Adult Sunday School Classes, Frequent Speaker, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

outside the office

Jim spends most of his time away from work with his wife, four grown sons, and grandchild. As a father of an adult with Down Syndrome, Jim is a passionate supporter and Board Member of Unless U, a nonprofit that provides education, job training, and life and social skills for adults with disabilities. He and his wife are active at their church, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. In addition, Jim is an avid reader and college football fan who played during his Freshman year for the Auburn Tigers. He enjoys fishing on Lake Martin and listening to “nerdy history podcasts” while jogging.