Birmingham, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer

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About Attorney John Michael Barclay

Birmingham, AL criminal defense lawyer you can trust to make things right

_DSC1804Criminal defense attorney John Michael Barclay of Birmingham litigates on behalf of clients in courts throughout Alabama, from Birmingham and Montgomery to Tuscaloosa, Mobile and the Gulf Coast. As the founding member of Barclay Law, LLC, he has nearly a decade of legal experience, with the first five years of his practice having focused primarily on civil matters. He has earned a reputation for being a hard-working criminal defense lawyer with a strong track record of success. Attorney Barclay has years of experience successfully working with clients dealing with DUI charges, drug offenses, white collar crimes and other criminal charges. He is highly skilled at negotiating favorable outcomes for clients, but is not afraid to argue a case before a judge and jury if necessary.

"I proudly defend people dealing with complicated legal cases throughout Alabama," attorney Barclay often says. "Whatever legal issue you're dealing with, I'm ready and eager to fight for your rights. And I have the knowledge and experience you need to make things right."

A member of NORML legal committee

John Michael Barclay strongly advocates for his clients inside and outside of the courtroom. He serves as a member of NORML legal committee and remains committed to the overall goals of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Attorney Barclay knows the state's unfair marijuana laws have resulted in harm to too many good people, which is why he supports legalization.

Early legal career in Alabama

Mr. Barclay has extensive experience as a litigator, beginning his legal career after graduation from the University of Alabama School of Law by serving as law clerk to The Honorable Robert S. Vance, Jr., Judge in Alabama's 10th Judicial Circuit (Jefferson County). He served as court-appointed criminal defense counsel and practiced with two respected Alabama law firms before establishing Barclay Law, LLC. The foundation of Mr. Barclay's legal practice is his commitment to work in partnership with his clients while providing quality, attentive service.  He understands that many people who rely on him for help are not familiar with the legal system, and he aids them through aggressive advocacy and full defense of their legal rights.

"Courtrooms can be very confusing places," Barclay says. "I'm proud to represent people facing serious criminal charges and to be their voice in and out of court."

A respected reputation in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Auburn and statewide

A good deal of Mr. Barclay's cases are referred to him by other Alabama lawyers who recognize his skill as a litigator. Illustrating the esteem in which he is held by his peers, Mr. Barclay has been consistently named one of Birmingham Magazine's Top Attorneys in the areas of Criminal Defense. He also has been included in the magazine's prestigious list of Alabama Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars in 2012 and 2013. Selection is made by lawyers chosen for the highly respected Super Lawyers Honor who are asked to nominate the best attorneys they have worked with under the age of 40 or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in any state can be named a Rising Star.

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Attorney Barclay also has one of the highest Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review AV Ratings for attorneys in Alabama, receiving an AV® Preeminent™ score of 4.7 out of 5 in Criminal Law, Litigation and Family Law.

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Mr. Barclay is also a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Local roots

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Barclay has deep roots in the community.  He volunteered for the public defender's office and the Red Cross when he was in law school in Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, the State Bar of Alabama and other local civic organizations. With a true statewide practice, he continues to expand his client representation throughout Alabama as client needs dictate.

"Why should I hire attorney John Michael Barclay to represent me?"

"Because I take your case personally," attorney Barclay says. "I don't hand off cases. I work directly with clients. I answer my own phone. You deal directly with me. Your case matters here."

"Some people don't take their case seriously at first. That's probably the biggest mistake people make. And when you make a mistake when you've been charged with a serious crime in Alabama, the results can be really severe - big fines, losing your driver's license, even jail time.

"I believe everyone deserves a fair shot," Barclay adds. "If you've been charged with a crime, you deserve your day in court. Laws exist for a reason. And as your lawyer, I will fight to protect your rights, every step of the way."

Call 866-584-1023 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a free consultation today. Attorney Barclay proudly serves clients in Birmingham, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Auburn, AL, Mobile, AL, Shelby County, AL, the Gulf Shores and throughout the state of Alabama, including the municipalities of Adamsville, Bessemer, Docena, Dolomite, Fairfield, Fultondale, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Mount Olive, New Castle, Pleasant Grove, Prattville, Shannon, Vestavia, Watson and Wetumpka. 


Juris Doctor, University of Alabama School of Law, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Washington & Lee University, 1999


Alabama, 2004

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Areas of Practice

Driving under the influence (DUI)

Criminal defense


White collar criminal defense

Drug-related and alcohol-related charges

Family law, including divorce, custody and support cases


Workers compensation

Personal injury

Business law and litigation

Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated