William K. “Chip” Bradford is an Alabama Lawyer Focused on Appellate Law, Criminal Defense and LitigationBirmingham Alabama lawyer

William K. “Chip” Bradford is a Alabama lawyer with a focus on criminal defense, appellate law and litigation.  During his 30 years of law practice, Mr. Bradford has been lead counsel in numerous jury trials in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Bradford’s experience includes criminal defense, criminal trials and appeals in State and Federal court, winning jury verdicts for his clients under the toughest of circumstances.  Bradford has extensive experience in all appellate law matters and has represented countless clients in Alabama State Appellate Courts and Federal Courts of Appeals; presenting oral argument to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Bradford is an Alabama lawyer active in his profession.  He is a thirty year member of the Alabama State Bar, and is a long time member of the Alabama State Bar Appellate Section, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Legal Writing Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, an associate member of the American Society of Legal Writers, and a member of Clarity International.  He is a past Vice President of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Bradford is peer rated BV by Martindale-Hubble.  Bradford is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education events, speaking on current topics about criminal law, criminal trials, civil litigation and the legal practice.


As an Alabama lawyer Bradford has significant experience defending against State and Federal criminal charges.  As a Birmingham Alabama lawyer and Alabama criminal defense lawyer, Bradford has successfully represented hundreds of clients facing state and federal criminal charges including federal firearm charges, federal drug trafficking charges, computer crimes, drug conspiracy cases, wire fraud, bank fraud, white collar crimes, homicide, sex crimes, and state drug distribution cases.  He had the honor of being selected as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Attorney Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama from 2008 until 2011, and is a current member of the Federal Court CJA Panel for the Southern District of Alabama.  Bradford continues to defend clients against Federal charges of all types, most recently winning an acquittal for a client in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Florida in a complicated federal computer fraud and computer hacking case.


Mr. Bradford has extensive experience handling criminal and civil appeals and maintains an active appellate practice before Alabama and Federal Courts of Appeals.  Beginning in his days as a law clerk in Birmingham, Bradford has placed a special focus on appeals and appellate law.  His appellate law experience includes numerous oral arguments before the United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit, the Alabama Supreme Court and Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. His appellate decisions include:

United States Circuit Court – Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States v. Reed, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 8789 (3/20/2020)
  • United States v. Garrett, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 5428 (2/24/2020)
  • United States v. Jackson, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 1619 (1/17/2020)
  • United States v. Collins, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 38638 (12/27/2019)
  • United States v. Body, 791 Fed. Appx. 807 (10/19/2019)
  • United States v. Anguiano, 791 Fed. Appx. 841 (11/1/2019)
  • United States v. Collins, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 38638 (2019)
  • United States v. Rohe, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 32425
  • Lindley v. Taylor, 10/24/2016, 2016 WL 6157774
  • U.S. v. Dotson, 660 Fed. Appx. 757, 2016 WL 4446011
  • Lindley v. City of Birmingham, 652 Fed. Appx. 81, 2016 WL 3730674
  • Pugh v. El Paso Corp. Pension Plan, 617 Fed. Appx. 964, 2015 WL 3756317
  • Lindley v. City of Birmingham, 515 Fed. Appx. 813, 2013 WL 1336609
  • United States v. Fee, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 165808 (8/30/2011)
  • United States v. Mays, 424 Fed. Appx. 830
  • U.S. v. McDavid, 368 Fed. Appx. 61, 2010 WL 691155
  • U.S. v. Bryant, 334 Fed.Appx. 259, 2009 WL 1740072, (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Moore v. Cullman County Com’n, 2006 WL 952276 (11th Cir.2006)
  • U.S. v. Naves, 252 F.3d 1166 (11th Cir, 2001)
  • U.S. v. Jones, 52 F.3d 924 (11th Cir. 1995)

Alabama Supreme Court

  • Blackmon v. Renesant Bank,  232 So.3d 224 (Ala. 2017)
  • Ex parte Petrina, 204 So.3d 382 (Ala.2016)
  • Ex parte K.A.S., 197 So.3d 503 (Ala.2015)
  • Ex parte Melton, 69 So.2d 932 (Ala. 2011)
  • Ex parte Cowart, 204 So.3d 884 (Ala.2010)
  • Lloyd’s, London v. Southern Natural Gas Co., 939 So.2d 21 (Ala. 2004)
  • Ex parte Gray, 898 So.2d 760 (Ala.2004)
  • Ex parte Woodward, 859 So.2d 425 (Ala.2003)
  • Ex parte Johnson, 820 So.2d 883 (Ala.2001)
  • Sharpe v. AMF Bowling Centers, Inc., 756 So.2d 874 (Ala.2000)
  • Delchamps, Inc. v. Bryant, 738 So.2d 824 (Ala. 1999)
  • Ex parte Hagood, 777 So.2d 214 (Ala. 1999)
  • Redman v. Federal Home Mortgage Corp., 765 So.2d 630 (Ala.1999)
  • Hall v. American Indem. Group, 648 So.2d 556 (Ala. 1994)

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

  • M.M. v. K.J.Z., 249 So.3d 1144 (Ala.Civ.App.2017)
  • Dickinson v. Burton, 249 So.3d 1151 (Ala.Civ.App.2017)
  • Wojtala v. Wojtala, 241 So.3d 37 (Ala. Civ. App. 2017)
  • Ex parte Gentry, 238 So.3d 66 (Ala. Civ.App. 2017)
  • Ex parte Gentry, 228 So.3d 1016 (Ala. Civ. App. 2017)
  • City of Birmingham v. Thomas, 220 So.3d 333 (Ala. Civ. App. 2016)
  • Petrina v. Petrina, 215 So.3d 1075 (Ala.Civ.App.2016)
  • Ex parte K.A.S., 197 So.3d 503 (Ala.Civ.App.2015)
  • Goldman v. Goldman, 197 So.3d 487 (Ala.Civ.App.2015)
  • Cowart v. Burnham, 204 So.3d 880 (Ala.civ.App.2015)
  • Kowalski v. Upchurch, 186 So.3d 460 (Ala.Civ.App.2015)
  • Herzog v. Stonerook, 160 So.3d 340 (Ala.Civ.App.2014)
  • Jones v. Hamilton, 53 So.3d 134 (Ala.Civ.App.2010)
  • Abernant Fire Dept. v. Rhodes, 21 So.3d 739 (Ala.Civ.App. 2009)
  • Smith v. Smith, 8 So.3d 1007 (Ala.Civ.App.2008)
  • Kohler Co., Inc. v. Miller, 921 So.2d 436 (Ala.Civ.App.2005)
  • Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Gray, 898 So.2d 753 (Ala.Civ.App.2004)
  • United Defense, L.P. v. Willingham, 829 So.2d 771 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)
  • Briner v. City of Midfield, 831 So.2d 53 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)
  • Woods v. Trussville City Council, 795 So.2d 728 (Ala.Civ.App.2001)
  • Patton v. Werner Co., 793 So.2d 817 (Ala.Civ.App.2001)
  • Woods v. Trussville City Council, 795 So.2d 721 (Ala.Civ.App.2000)
  • Clemons v. Clemons, 656 So.2d 831 (Ala.Civ.App. 1994)
  • Allsup v. State ex rel. Salas, 648 So.2d 597 (Ala.Civ.App. 1994)

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals

  • Dearman v. State, 2019 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 18 (4/12/2019)
  • Moore v. State, 185 So.3d 1148 (Ala.Crim.App.2015)
  • Hudson v. State, 85 So.3d 468 (Ala.Crim.App.2011)
  • Melton v. State, 69 So.3d 916 (Ala.Crim.App.2010)
  • Tucker v. State, 57 So.3d 793 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)
  • Bowles v. State, 784 So.2d 1077 (Ala.Crim.App.2000)
  • Johnson v. State, 820 So.2d 842, (Ala.Crim.App.2000)
  • Hagood v. State, 777 So.2d 221 (Ala.Crim.App.2000)

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Bradford also has years of civil litigation experience.  His notable accomplishments in his civil law practice include being a member of the defense team defending the Jefferson County Personnel Board in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in its longstanding Federal discrimination consent decree.  He has also successfully defended the City of Gadsden Police Department, the City of Talladega Jail, the City of Jasper Police Department, and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department against serious civil rights claims in federal court; winning summary judgment for his clients in each case.  Mr. Bradford  has also defended the Birmingham Housing Authority against Lead Paint claims, successfully obtaining summary judgment on the most serious claims of Civil Rights violations, and was part of the legal team representing Lloyds London in a mammoth coverage dispute with Southern Natural Gas.  Bradford has also defended individual clients and businesses against claims of wrongful death, business fraud and breach of contract.  As a plaintiff’s lawyer, Bradford has successfully recovered damages for his clients in malicious prosecution cases, personal injury cases, and workers compensation claims.