John H. Wiley, III

Attorney at Law

John Wiley is a lifelong resident of the Birmingham area. Having attended grade school in Vestavia, he is a Ramsay High School graduate and now lives in Homewood. John holds a B.S. degree from Auburn University and a J.D. degree from the Birmingham School of Law.

He has practiced law in Birmingham for nearly forty years, principally in the area of criminal defense. He and George McMillan, each of whom served as president of the Auburn University Student Government Association, ten years apart, have practiced law together for 20 years.

John has handled hundreds of criminal matters, including the defense of many high-profile murder prosecutions. He is equally experienced with the defense of white-collar crimes, matters involving controlled substances, juveniles and sexual issues.

A true believer in the venerated rule of law that holds that a citizen is presumed to be not guilty of any crime, he strives doggedly to hold the government to its responsibility to refute that presumption, by proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

The father of two daughters, John’s particular interests, outside of work, are his four grandchildren, Mae, Sam, Tucker and Jack. He also has a special interest in early Alabama History and can sometimes be found exploring for the Federal Road or at Native American and Creek War sites. Because of his commemoration of the famous Alabama River “Canoe Fight” on November 12th each year, his grandchildren refer to him as “Big Sam”.

Alabama State Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Phone: (205) 324-6881 ext. 105