Prior to founding Parkman & White, LLC, Jim Parkman and William White-a former prosecutor- tried cases against one another. But in 2003 they joined forces, establishing a national firm that focuses on white collar crime criminal defense, bankruptcy, and divorce cases.
“We can handle the most complex, high-profile criminal cases anywhere in the country, as well as DUI, criminal, bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate and domestic cases throughout Alabama, from our offices in Birmingham and Dothan,” White says. “Regardless of the case, we offer clients rigorous and sophisticated representation in a more cost-effective way than many of the larger firms.”
Attorneys at Parkman & White, LLC have more than 100 years of combined experience in a wide range of practice areas, with a particular emphasis on courtroom litigation. Indeed, the firm is prepared to represent clients nationally or in any courtroom in Alabama. Parkman and White, meanwhile, have both been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that their peers rank them at the highest level of professional experience.
Parkman, who has handled hundreds of major felony cases during his 34-year career, attributes the firm’s success to its extensive courtroom expertise: “Ultimately, whether you win or lose the case is in the jury’s hands, so in order to be successful for your clients you have to know how to deal with a jury. And we’ve been involved in hundreds of jury trials over the years, spending thousands of hours in front of juries.”
In one high-profile case, Parkman & White, LLC served as trial counsel for a state senator charged with 19 counts of conspiracy, bribery, honest services fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. The firm provided defense over two length federal jury trials, and the state senator was ultimately found not guilty on all counts.
The firm also defended former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy when he was accused of securities fraud in one of the largest accounting fraud scandals involving a public company. But with Parkman leading his defense, Scrushy was acquitted of all 80 charges brought against him, earning the firm national and international acclaim.
“It’s rewarding when we’re able to help our clients solve their legal issue,” White says. “We understand how challenging these circumstances can be for our clients, so our lawyers and staff members are all committed to helping put these stressful legal situations behind them.”