Title: Solo Practitioner
Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Lee Hale, Solo Practitioner, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in trial law, appellate law and as a political strategist.
Mr. Hale prepared for his extensive legal career as a student at Spring Hill College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in 1970. He continued his academic pursuits at the Duke University School of Law, where he earned a scholarship and graduated with a JD in 1973. Following his graduation, he was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1973, and accepted a position as an associate at Hamilton Butler (now Hamilton Butler Riddick PC). In 1974, Mr. Hale started as an assistant district attorney for Mobile County in Alabama, where he served until 1979.
While acting as an assistant district attorney, Mr. Hale was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977, and from 1980 to 1984, he worked as a solo legal practitioner. In 1981, he accepted a position as the special assistant attorney general for security fraud prosecutions, and in 1982, he was admitted to practice by the Eleventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Mr. Hale started as a partner at Hale, Hughes & Teague in 1984, and in 1992, he left the firm to resume his career as a solo practitioner, which he continues to this day. In 1995, 1997, 2017, and 2018, he also worked as a probate court judge.
In addition to his career as a lawyer and judge, Mr. Hale worked for a variety of political campaigns throughout his 45 years of service to the legal profession. In 1974 and 1978, he acted as the campaign manager for Charles Graddick’s bid for district attorney. He served as a strategist for Steve Windom’s campaigns for the Alabama State Senate in 1989, 1990, and 1994, and in 1998, he was the strategist for Mr. Windom’s campaign for lieutenant governor. In 1999, Mr. Hale was the strategist for Mr. Windom’s opposition to the Alabama Lottery Constitutional Amendment, and in 2002, he served as the strategist for his campaign for governor of Alabama. Most recently, Mr. Hale acted as the strategist for Mr. Graddick’s campaign for chief justice of Alabama in 2012.
Mr. Hale worked as a lecturer for Alabama Judicial College in 1979, and as a lecturer in continuing legal education for the Alabama State Bar from 1980 to 1983. He is most proud of being the draftsman of the 1979 amendment to the Alabama Criminal Code. In addition to his legal pursuits, Mr. Hale has been an active member of his religious community. He completed a three-year formation program for ecclesial lay ministry at the Toolen Institute for Parish Services in 1992, and he has served as chair of the Parish Council for St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Mr. Hale’s stature, success and service solidify his legacy as an elite and influential member of the legal profession in Alabama.
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