Tommy Tucker has practice law for over 40 years. He primarily handles criminal defense, family law and divorce cases.
A native of Hueytown, Tucker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974. He earned his juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law with cum laude honors in 1977.
Shortly after graduating, Tucker prosecuted cases with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Bessemer for nearly six years and then prosecuted in federal court for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama.
After prosecuting persons charged with crimes, Tucker entered private practice defending people for 10 years before returning to the Bessemer DA’s office. He stayed four years and then returned to private practice. He and Don Hall joined forces in 2003.
Tucker’s experience on both sides of criminal law gives him a deep understanding of what it takes to achieve success. “I would say that it’s tougher on the defense side,” he says. “As a prosecutor, you don’t have quite the pressure most days as you do on the defense side. If you mess up as a prosecutor, everyone goes home. But if you mess up as a defense lawyer, your client may be going to jail or worse.”
Tucker has had his share of highlights on both sides. “As a prosecutor I’ve tried a lot of high-profile murder cases that were very much in the news and I’ve had a few wins on the defense side, too, including acquittals in the Northern District federal courts. Tucker says he likes criminal law because many of these clients are people who have made mistakes and deserve proper counsel. “A lot of criminal defendants aren’t necessarily bad people. Some of them just make poor judgments or take the wrong route.”
Over the years, Tucker has expanded his practice to encompass family law which now makes up more than half of his practice. His two primary areas of practice—criminal and family law—mean that he has two dramatically different kinds of clients, but considers his practice to be unified by a belief that all the people he serves deserve quality legal representation. “I just enjoy helping people in need,” he says. “There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility, but I do enjoy helping people.”
Tommy Tucker has served as a municipal judge in Hueytown and Pleasant Grove and was president of the Alabama Municipal Judges Association in 1995. In 2009, he was president of the Bessemer Bar Association.
Away from work, Tucker enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife are also active in their church, where they both teach Sunday School classes.