Jefferson County, Alabama

County Attorney


General Information
The Jefferson County Attorney represents elected officials and departments of county government. When requested the attorneys attempt to resolve disputes and problems between county officials and departments and the general public. The County Attorney does not provide services to county residents with regard to their private legal matters.


Theodore Lawson, County Attorney
photo by Jinnifer Purnell

Theo Lawson is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham School of Law, and the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy. He began his law career with the law firm of Barnes, Zinder, and Lawson in the general practice of law; while also serving as the night court and Ensley court prosecutor for the City of Birmingham. Mr. Lawson then began a career with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted many high profile and multi-defendant criminal cases. He has also served on the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys. He was appointed Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Birmingham under Mayor Bernard Kincaid serving as second in command of the City of Birmingham’s legal department. In 2004, Mr. Lawson was appointed as an Assistant County Attorney for Jefferson County representing Jefferson County in civil litigation and serving as legal officer to EMA. In November of 2016, Mr. Lawson was unanimously appointed to the position of County Attorney. Mr. Lawson was the first African American to ever hold this position within the County. Theo Lawson also serves as a professor of criminal law and procedure at Miles Law School and Police Academy Instructor for the Birmingham Police Department. He is a retired reserve Captain and firearms instructor with the Fairfield Police Department and former Director of Public Safety of the Miles College Police Department.


Theo Lawson – County Attorney

Shawnna Smith – Deputy County Attorney

Assistant County Attorneys

Brent Grainger
Allison Nichols-Gault
Donald McKinley Carroll
French McMillan










photo by Jinnifer Purnell


Office Administrator

Hope Cockrell

Admistrative Staff

Lisa Carson
Regina Burpo
Jinnifer Purnell

Minute Clerk

Millie Diliberto – Minute Clerk
Andrea Griggs

Risk management

Sophia Juzang – Risk Manager
Jasmine Patton
Buron Taylor
Shandala Sledge

photo by Jinnifer Purnell


Jefferson County Attorney
Room 280, Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Maps & Directions
Birmingham Courthouse

Phone Numbers
Phone: (205) 325-5688
Fax:     (205) 325-5840