River Region Alabama Lawyers


Alabama Attorneys

River Region Alabama Lawyer

Bankruptcy   |   Criminal Defense   |   Civil Defense

With deep roots in the Alabama community, Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum, LLC takes pride in serving individuals and families throughout the Middle District of Alabama. Our comprehensive legal services are designed to address a wide range of needs, from helping individuals and businesses overcome financial difficulties through bankruptcy proceedings to providing competent representation in state court matters ranging from consumer defense to criminal defense.

Legal challenges can dominate just about every area of your life. Worries about money, unwanted collection calls, and the kind of future you are facing can leave you with sleepless nights and nightmarish days. Our firm understands the stress and is here to help you. We are a top-rated bankruptcy and defense law firm that gets top-rate results.

How Our Alabama
Law Firm Can Help

We Will Deliver Professional and Compassionate Representation for You

Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum is committed to providing comprehensive legal assistance to individuals and families throughout the River Region. Our experienced attorneys focus on bankruptcy law, criminal defense, and civil defense, offering a wide range of services to meet your legal needs. Here’s how our law firm can help you:

Bankruptcy Law Assistance: If you’re struggling with overwhelming debt and financial hardship, our bankruptcy attorneys are here to help you explore your options and find relief. Whether you’re considering Chapter 7 liquidation or Chapter 13 debt reorganization, we will evaluate your situation and determined whether bankruptcy might be right for you. If you decide to file bankruptcy we will help you through every step of the process to help you achieve the fresh financial start you need.

Civil Defense: Oftentimes, clients could avoid bankruptcy by being proactive earlier. If you are being sued based on a debt, do not ignore the lawsuit. Set up a free consultation so that we can evaluate your defenses. Many factors must be considered to determine what strategy should be pursued. Only after a careful analysis of your situation can we determine how we can help.

Defense Law Services: If you’re facing criminal charges, our experienced defense attorneys will fight vigorously to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. From misdemeanors to serious felonies, we’ll provide you with aggressive defense representation and work to ensure that your voice is heard in the legal system.

No matter what legal challenges you’re facing, you can count on our knowledgeable attorneys to provide you with personalized guidance, dedicated advocacy, and unwavering support. Call Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum, LLC as soon as possible at 334-361-7750 for a no-cost case review.

Free Consultation


We know help can’t come soon enough. This is why we offer:

  • Emergency after-hours appointments
  • Same day emergency filings
  • FREE initial consultations
  • Many appointments can be handled by phone.

Reach out so we can discuss your needs and begin to formulate a legal strategy to secure the best outcome possible for your circumstance.

    We Help You Navigate The Legal Complexities

    We Will Help You Take a Proactive Approach to Your Situation

    You are more than a case number to us. We will listen to you and give you individualized attention. This is what makes our firm different. We take pride in how we work with our clients to learn what they want and need from our services. Then, we do all that we can to deliver on those needs. When you choose the lawyers at Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum Legal Services, you will receive a high level of professional and compassionate care. We believe the only way to fully understand what you are going through and what your goals are is to spend time listening to you. While we will respect your time, and know that your time is valuable, we will devote the time necessary to answer your questions and make sure you understand the steps necessary to reach your objectives.

    Experienced Legal Guidance

    Our team of skilled attorneys brings years of experience and a deep understanding of various legal areas, including bankruptcy law, consumer defense, and criminal defense. We’ll provide you with guidance tailored to your specific situation, ensuring that you have the information and resources you need to make informed decisions.

    Clear Communication

    Effective communication is essential in any legal matter. We prioritize clear and open communication with our clients, ensuring that you’re informed and involved throughout the legal process. Whether it’s answering your questions, providing updates on your case, or explaining complex legal concepts in plain language, we’re committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.

    Personalized Legal Strategies

    Every case is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to legal representation. That’s why we take the time to understand your individual needs, goals, and concerns. We’ll work closely with you to develop a personalized legal strategy that addresses your specific circumstances and objectives.

    Dedicated Client Advocacy

    Unlike some other firms that try to rush as many clients through their doors as they can, we follow a different path. We stress the importance of giving clients the attention they need and deserve. After hearing your story and studying your situation, you can trust that we will give you the advice and recommendation that is best for you. Our attorneys believe that giving our clients top-notch service, aggressive advocacy, and support is our mission, and we follow it in each and every client’s case.

    About Bankruptcy

    Count on the Experience of Our Bankruptcy Attorney

    Bankruptcy HourglassBankruptcy can be a powerful tool for individuals and businesses facing overwhelming debt and financial hardship. At Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum, we understand the complexities of bankruptcy law and the impact it can have on your life. Our dedicated team of bankruptcy attorneys is here to guide you through the process, providing you with the information, support, and representation you need to achieve a fresh financial start.

    Bankruptcy law offers several options for debt relief, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7, often referred to as liquidation bankruptcy, allows individuals to discharge certain types of unsecured debts, such as credit card debt and medical bills, while potentially keeping exempt assets such as your home and car. On the other hand, Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves creating a manageable repayment plan over a period of three to five years, allowing individuals to catch up on missed mortgage or car payments while keeping their assets.

    Whether you’re struggling with personal debt, facing foreclosure, or dealing with creditor harassment, our experienced bankruptcy attorneys are here to help. We’ll take the time to understand your unique financial situation and develop a customized strategy to help you achieve the best possible outcome. From filing the initial bankruptcy petition to representing you in court proceedings, we’ll be by your side every step of the way, fighting to protect your rights and interests.

    Bankruptcy can offer a fresh start and a path to financial freedom, and we’re here to help you navigate it with confidence.

    Your Defense Options


    Criminal Defense AttorneyWhether you’re confronting criminal charges, civil litigation, or any other legal matter, having a comprehensive defense strategy is essential. Here are some defense options commonly utilized in Alabama:

    Legal Representation: One of the most fundamental defense options is to secure experienced legal representation. A skilled attorney with experience in Alabama law can assess your case, advise you on your rights, and advocate on your behalf in court.

    Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Effective defense often begins with a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and scrutinizing the prosecution’s case for any weaknesses or inconsistencies.

    Negotiation and Settlement: In many cases, reaching a favorable settlement through negotiation can be an advantageous option. Your attorney can engage in discussions with opposing parties to potentially resolve the matter outside of court, saving time, money, and reducing stress.

    Challenging Evidence: Your defense team may challenge the admissibility or credibility of evidence presented by the prosecution. This could include questioning the legality of how evidence was obtained, raising doubts about its authenticity, or challenging the reliability of witnesses.

    Procedural Defenses: In some instances, procedural defenses may apply, such as statute of limitations arguments or jurisdictional challenges. These defenses focus on technical aspects of the legal process and aim to protect your rights under the law.

    Affirmative Defenses: Affirmative defenses involve asserting facts or circumstances that, if proven, would negate liability or reduce the severity of charges. Common affirmative defenses include self-defense, duress, necessity, and consent.

    Mitigation: If conviction or liability is likely, mitigation strategies can help minimize potential consequences. This may involve presenting mitigating factors such as remorse, cooperation, lack of criminal history, or extenuating circumstances.

    Appeals and Post-Conviction Relief: If convicted, you have the right to appeal the decision or seek post-conviction relief. Skilled appellate attorneys can review trial records, identify errors, and pursue remedies to overturn or modify unfavorable judgments. By partnering with a knowledgeable legal team and exploring the strategies best suited to your circumstances, you can vigorously defend your rights and pursue a favorable resolution to your case.

    Civil Defense


    Civil Defense LawyerIn civil litigation, safeguarding your interests requires a strategic approach tailored to the specifics of your case and Alabama law. Whether you’re facing a lawsuit or need to defend your rights in a civil matter, understanding the available defense strategies is essential. Here are key components of civil defense in Alabama:

    Early Case Assessment: Conducting a thorough assessment of the case early on is crucial for developing an effective defense strategy. This involves analyzing the allegations, gathering evidence, and identifying potential weaknesses or strengths in the opposing party’s claims.

    Pretrial Dispute Resolution: Exploring opportunities for pretrial resolution, such as mediation or arbitration, can often lead to favorable outcomes while avoiding the time and expense of prolonged litigation. Your attorney can negotiate on your behalf to seek a resolution that aligns with your interests.

    Motion Practice: Utilizing motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, or other procedural tools can be effective in disposing of claims or narrowing the scope of litigation. Skilled motion practice can potentially lead to the early dismissal of meritless claims or limit exposure to liability.

    Navigating civil litigation in Alabama demands a proactive and strategic approach to defense. By partnering with a knowledgeable legal team and leveraging effective defense strategies, you can protect your interests and pursue a favorable resolution to your civil matter.

    Family Law Services


    Family Law LawyerWhether you’re facing a divorce, child custody dispute, adoption process, or other family-related legal concerns in Alabama, having the support of a compassionate and skilled legal team is essential.

    We understand the sensitive nature of family law matters and are committed to providing personalized, compassionate, and effective legal representation to clients throughout Alabama. We’re here to help you navigate the legal process with confidence and achieve the best possible outcome for your family.

    Questions & Answers

    Our experienced bankruptcy attorneys handle a wide range of cases, including Chapter 7 liquidation and Chapter 13 debt reorganization. Whether you’re an individual struggling with personal debt or a business facing financial difficulties, we’re here to provide you with expert guidance and support.

    The duration of the divorce process can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, the level of cooperation between the parties, and whether issues such as child custody and property division are contested. The quickest resolution of a domestic relations matter requires cooperation between the parties; an uncontested divorce can be finalized thirty-days after the case is filed. We encourage everyone who has made the decision to get divorced to attempt to settle their differences before the case is filed. A large majority of divorce cases are filed as uncontested.

    Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows individuals to reorganize their debts and create a manageable repayment plan over a period of three to five years. One of the main advantages of Chapter 13 is that it allows you to keep your assets while catching up on missed mortgage or car payments. Additionally, it may provide relief for certain types of debts that cannot be discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, such as certain tax debts or overdue child support payments.

    Our firm understands that legal fees can be a concern for many clients, especially during times of financial difficulty. We offer transparent fee structures and flexible payment options to accommodate your budget. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss our fee structure and provide you with a clear understanding of the costs associated with your case. Additionally, we offer free initial consultations for bankruptcy, civil and criminal defense, allowing you to discuss your case with us without any financial obligation.

    We Work With You As A Partner

    We believe in fostering strong, collaborative relationships with our clients. We understand that every legal matter is unique, and that’s why we take a personalized approach to each case. When you choose us as your legal partner, you can trust that we’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed every step of the way. We’ll work together with you to develop a clear understanding of your goals and priorities, and then craft a customized legal strategy to achieve the best possible outcome. Our commitment to open communication and genuine partnership means that you can rely on us to be by your side, advocating for your rights and fighting for your interests with dedication and integrity. Your success is our priority, and we’ll work tirelessly to help you navigate your legal challenges with confidence and peace of mind.

    Call Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum, LLC as soon as possible at 334-361-7750 for a no-cost case review.