Joel L. Sogol

Joel L. Sogol

Location:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Phone:
205-345-0966
Fax:
205-345-0971
Email:

I began my legal career in the Tuscaloosa County Public Defenders Office as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in 1974. After four and a half years in the Public Defender's Office, I decided to enter private practice in 1978. I started my own firm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was joined in 1979 by Joel Chandler, an associate from the Public Defender's Office. We formed a partnership and practiced together until 1992, when Joel Chandler was elected to one of the two District Court Judge positions in Tuscaloosa County. I have been in solo practice since 1992.

I have thirty years of legal experience defending and advocating the rights of individuals accused of a crime. I also practice in the areas of personal injury, products liability, civil rights, constitutional law, education law and family law. My extensive trial experience includes both civil and criminal litigation and appeals in the Alabama state, federal, and appellate courts. I am licensed to practice in all Alabama state courts, the U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

My practice is built on personal and individual attention. I care about my clients, and I listen to their problems in order to understand their needs and concerns. I promise to do the very best job I can for my clients when providing representation or advise in any legal matter.

I am very active in the community and in local and national bar associations. I am a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and have worked with the ACLU on cases involving First Amendment issues, such as freedom of religion and prayer in school. I am an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy at the University of Alabama School of Law. I have also lectured on criminal law, the First Amendment, and trial advocacy as part of conferences, conventions, and legal education seminars.

As an experienced attorney, I can help inform you of your rights, protect those rights, and offer you skilled representation. I was awarded the Roderick Beddow, Sr. Award in 1991 by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers, "For Many Years of Distinguished Service in the Field of Criminal Law" and I was voted the title of SuperLawyer in Criminal Law in Alabama in 2008. My work as a public defender and a private attorney has given me a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills as a trial lawyer and an appellate attorney.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal and State Criminal Law
  • DUI
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury
  • Animal Bites
  • Assault & Battery
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law
  • Family Law
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • DUI/DWI

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Education

  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
    • B.A - 1970
    • Major: History

References

  • Sheldon Rosenzweig, Retired Director of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Indian Rivers Mental Health Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Indian Rivers Mental Health Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Joe Morrison, University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Classes/Seminars

  • Trial Advocacy Program, Adjunct Professor, University of Alabama School of Law, 1982 - Present
  • Recent Developments of the Law Presentation: Practical Crim Def Law, ABICLE, Sept 2002, 2002 - Present
  • Motions and Discovery in Death Penalty Cases, Presentation, Loosening the Death Belt VI Regional Death Penalty Conference, 2002
  • Religious Diversity- Dealing with Different Beliefs Panelist, Leadership Alabama, 2000 - 2001
  • Training Seminar--Notre Dame, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1994 - Present
  • Public Prayer and the Public, Keynote Speaker, Freedom from Religion Foundation National Convention, 1995
  • Lectures on the Lawyer's Role in Sentencing, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Avoidance of Malpractice in Criminal Cases, Attorney's Insurance Mutual, 1993
  • Competency Under Rule 11, A.R.Cr.P., Lecturer, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Director and Lecturer in Criminal Law, Peoples Law School, 1987 - 1990
  • Panelist in Discussion of Criminal Justice System Representing Criminal Defense Viewpoint, Alabama Crime Victims Annual Conference, 1989
  • Panelist in Discussion on the Criminal Justice System Representing Criminal Defense Viewpoint, Alabama Crime Victims Annual Conference, 1990
  • Lectures in Recent Criminal Decisions and Search and Seizure, Alabama Law Institute/Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • Death Penalty Conference, Lawyers Role in Sentencing, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Religious Diversity- Dealing with Different Beliefs Panelist, Leadership Alabama, 2001
  • Lectures on Avoidance of Malpractice in Criminal Cases, Attorney's Insurance Mutual Conference, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Voted The Title of "Super Lawyer in Criminal Law in Alabama" by SuperLawyer Magazine, 2008
  • Roderick Beddow, Sr. Award, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers "For Many Years of Distinguished Service in the Field of Criminal Law", 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 2009 - Present
  • Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Southeast Regional Board Member, 1985 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Member, Litigation Committee, 1989 - 1999
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Chairman, Litigation Committee, 1994 - 1998
  • Sentencing Options, Inc., President, 1992 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Chairman, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1995 - 1997
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1986 - 1988
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Member, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1984 - 1988
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Member, Committee on Indigent Defense, 1994 - 1997
  • American Inns of Court CXXI, Master at the Bench, 1992 - Present
  • Tuscaloosa Emergency Services, Inc., Board of Directors, 1994 - 1997
  • Alabama Law Institute, Member, Criminal Law Seminar Planning Committee, 1986 - 1992
  • Administrative Office of Courts-Rule 11, Revision Committee, 1990 - 1995
  • Alabama Judicial Study Commissions, Member, Indigent Defense Committee, 1987 - 1988
  • NAACP/Legal Defense Fund National Death Penalty Conference, Attended, 1987
  • NAACP/Legal Defense Fund National Death Penalty Conference, Attended, 1988
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1983 - 1984
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 1982 - 1983
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Vice-President, 1981 - 1982
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Founding Member, 1981
  • Temerson Lodge, B'nai B'rith, President, 1985
  • Temerson Lodge, B'nai B'rith, Co-Executive Director, 1984 - 1986
  • Northport Jaycees, President, 1981 - 1982
  • B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, University of Alabama, Executive Director, 1986 - 1990
  • B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, University of Alabama, Co-Executive Director, 1984 - 1986
  • Alabama Bar Association, Member
  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, Member
  • Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Member
  • A.C.L.U., Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Inns of Court CXXI, Member
  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • B'nai B'rith, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Sogol & Chandler, Partner, 1979 - 1992
  • Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law, Sole Practitioner, 1978
  • Tuscaloosa County Public Defenders Office, Senior Assistant Public Defender, 1974 - 1978

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Zeta Beta Tau