A.J.’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and criminal proceedings. In addition, he often makes presentations on issues pertaining to white collar criminal defense and other subjects.
A.J. was born and raised in Birmingham. He is a shareholder in Maynard Cooper & Gale's Birmingham office. He was the 2013-2014 President of the Alabama State Bar, a former Alabama State Bar Commissioner, and Vice President of the Alabama State Bar, a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and is currently a member of its White Collar Crime Committee. He was the 2007 President of the Birmingham Bar Association. A.J. is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Howard University, Cumberland School of Law, and the FBI Academy. A.J. has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Cumberland School of Law. He was formerly employed as an Assistant District Attorney, a Special Agent with the FBI, and an Assistant United States Attorney. A.J.'s talents are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers® which included him on the 2016 list of the "Top 50 Super Lawyers in Alabama."
A.J. was a member of Leadership Alabama -- Class XVII, Leadership Birmingham’s Executive Committee, Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA Board, and has previously served on the Boards for Advent Episcopal School, Homewood City Schools Foundation, the Chairman of the Downtown YMCA, American Red Cross, President of the Board of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education, and President of the Board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
A.J. is married to Cassandra Joseph, and they have three sons, Kevin, Justin, and Aaron. The Joseph's are members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where AJ has served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Clerk.