James R. Sturdivant

James R. Sturdivant (Birmingham, Alabama)

James R. Sturdivant

Attorney in Birmingham, AL
Jim represents and defends clients in criminal and white collar matters, whether brought by the U.S. Justice Department, the Alabama Attorney General, the United States Attorney, or local district attorneys. A former federal prosecutor, he represents individuals and corporate clients facing federal grand jury and law enforcement investigations, as well as securities fraud and tax allegations. He assists businesses, professional, governmental and nonprofit organization on strategies to avoid becoming the target of an investigation and he aggressively represents his clients at trial. In addition to white collar cases, Jim's state court criminal practice also focuses on alcohol and substance abuse issues. Jim also maintains a diverse civil and commercial litigation caseload.

Awards & Accreditations

•Best Lawyers in America
•Alabama Super Lawyers
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

NewsSirote's Attorney Jim Sturdivant announces representation of Calhoun County elementary school principal facing criminal charge - 11/6/2015
Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 8/17/2015
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015 - 5/27/2015
Seven Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Named to Birmingham Magazine's 2015 Top Attorneys - 4/15/2015
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 - 8/19/2014
Birmingham Magazine Selects Sirote Lawyers as 2014 Top Attorneys - 6/6/2014
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014
Sirote & Permutt Attorney Jim Sturdivant to Speak to Alabama State Bar White Collar Crime Committee - 3/28/2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014 - 8/16/2013
Sirote Client Successfully Overcomes Alabama Attorney General's Efforts to Seek Prison Time - 8/14/2013
Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013
Sirote's John Cooper & Jim Sturdivant Designated Lawyers of the Year for 2013 - 12/28/2012
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 - 11/5/2012
Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012
Jim Sturdivant to Serve on Executive Board for Boy Scouts of America - 11/17/2010
Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010
31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009
Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers - 5/19/2009
Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009
Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008

Professional Profile


•The Best Lawyers in America
•Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2007-16
•DUI/DWI Defense, 2010-16
•Best Lawyers 2013 DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•Alabama Super Lawyers, 2009-15
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Birmingham Magazine Top Attorney, White Collar Defense/Anti-trust and Criminal Defense

Thought Leadership
•Portfolio of civil litigation matters includes estate litigation, litigation against governmental entities, professional licensure proceedings and commercial disputes
•Assistant US Attorney, Northern District of Alabama, representing United States in wide variety of civil cases and prosecuted numerous federal criminal cases, 1992-95
•Attorney, Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1988-92. Assigned as the sole defense counsel for the entire post from 1989-92, representing soldiers facing trial by court-martial or administrative separation actions
•Knowledgeable and experienced in the highly specialized area of federal criminal sentencing

Outside the Office
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
Adult Sunday School Classes, Frequent Speaker
United Methodist Church, North Alabama Conference
Lay Speaker
Parent Advocates Down Syndrome
Board of Directors
The Exceptional Foundation
Board of Directors
Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Executive Board Member
City of Vestavia Hills, Alabama
City Prosecutor, 2000-04

Speeches & Publications
•Author, Sirote's Tax Controversy Blog
•Author, Right to Remain Silent? Not Really, The Counselor, 2013
•Author, The Exceptional Foundation Jingle Bell Ball: Entertaining the Community, Sirote Supports, December 2012
•Author, Driver's License Suspended Due to 'Leadfoot Disease?' Relief is Available, The Counselor, Summer 2010
•Author, The Spouse as Witness: When Does the Law Forbid One Spouse from Testifying Against the Interest of the Other, The Counselor, Fall 2010
•Author, “US Supreme Court Dramatically Limits Federal Sentencing Guidelines”, The Counselor, Spring 2008
•Author, “Consequences of DUI at Home and in the Workplace”, The Counselor, Spring 2007
•Speaker, When a Child is Harmed: Representing a 'Good' Parent or Caregiver Under Investigation For Abuse or Neglect, Birmingham Bar Association, 2015
•Speaker, Preliminary Hearings, Samford University, October 2013
•Speaker, “You've Discovered Fraud...Now What? Practice Points and Suggestions from a Criminal Law Perspective”, Evidence of Fraud Seminar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, August 2008
•Speaker, “Dealing with Uncle Sam: Basic Principles in Responding to Federal Law Enforcement Contracts”, Government Contractors Seminar; Huntsville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce, March 2008
•Speaker, “The Impact of Gall v. United States on Federal Sentencing”, Criminal Justice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, February 2008
•Author, “The Impact of Gall v. United States on Federal Sentencing”, Birmingham Bar Association Journal, Winter 2008
•Speaker, “Criminal Issues that Arise During E-Discovery”, Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama; December 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
•Author, “Criminal Law”, Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc.Winter Seminar, February 2007
•Author, “A Breach in the Wall: Federal Investigators Demand Corporations Disclose Attorney-Client Communications and Work Product”, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, May 2006
•Speaker, “What to Do When the Wolf (Government) is at the Door: Dealing with Uncle Sam: Responding to Federal Law Enforcement Contacts”, Alabama Bar Association, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama, June 2005

205-930-5124 205-930-5124

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Litigation
  • White Collar Crime

Overall Client Rating

in General Practice
5.0 out of 5.0
Communication Ability
Quality of Service
Value for Money
  • Data based on 1 reviews
  • Recommended by 1 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 04/20/11
Posted by a Consumer on 04/20/11
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Stuedivant represented my son in a case where my son had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.

Overall Peer Rating

in Criminal Law, White Collar Crime and Litigation
5.0 out of 5.0
Legal Knowledge
Analytical Capabilities
Communication Ability
Legal Experience
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 07/03/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Excellent lawyer
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 07/01/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Jim Sturdivant is of the highest character and very knowledgable in his field. He is a very competent and compassionate lawyer who fights hard to protect the rights of his clients. I have referred family members to him He handled their legal matters with the highest of professionalism.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 06/17/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Jim is an excellent lawyer and great person. The Bar is very blessed to have him as a member of our profession. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim to clients seeking representation and have done so frequently. He cares about his clients problems as if they are his own.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 06/17/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Very thorough in his approach to every case. He makes sure he understands all the facts and goes back to make sure of the law even if it is in an area he has extensive knowledge.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 06/17/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Jim is an excellent lawyer with high ethical standards who represents his clients well.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 06/17/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Jim is good as gold, both personally and professionally.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 06/17/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Jim is a great person and a great lawyer.

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1987, Alabama
1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
1996, U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
Law School Attended
University of Alabama
Class of 1987
University Attended
Auburn University
Class of 1984
Birth Information
Born in 1962
Nashville, Tennessee, May 1, 1962
Captain, US Army, JAGC, 1988-1992
Associations & Memberships

•National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Executive Committee, three year term, 2009-11
•Criminal Justice Section, Former Chair
•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Criminal Justice and White Collar Crime Sections

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727,
Birmingham, AL 35205
Office Information
Office Information
James R. Sturdivant
Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727,
Birmingham, AL 35205

Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (Birmingham, Alabama)