The Law Offices of Sears and Sears, P.C. was formed by father and son team, James (Jim) and Shane T. Sears. With a combined total of over 30 years experience in special needs and special education law, criminal defense, juvenile law, DUI, and personal injury and insurance claims, they have the experience and training to represent you in civil, criminal, or appeals court.


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   Jim Sears: 205-588-0755

   Shane Sears: 205-989-1709


    5809 Feldspar Way, Ste. 200

    Birmingham, Alabama 35244



    Contact Directly:

    (205) 588-0755 - Main Phone

    (251) 404-1627 - After-Hours Phone

    Dr. James “Jim” Sears has a rich career history of advocacy for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Jim has been a special education classroom teacher and a public school principal. Following earning his masters and doctoral degrees from The University of Florida with a major in special education, he has been a professor at the University of Alabama, and has been an adjunct professor at Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama. After graduating from The University of Alabama School of Law, he has concentrated his efforts on Special Education Law (representing children with disabilities) and Criminal Defense Law (representing defendants who have diagnoses of intellectual disabilities and/or mental illness).  Jim has published numerous professional articles and is a frequent lecturer to professional and parent groups, locally, nationally and internationally. He has held leadership roles in drafting and implementing rules, regulations and policies concerning the rights of the disabled.

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    Practice Areas

    Special Needs Education Law

    Juvenile Law

    Criminal Defense




    University of Alabama, J.D., 1988

    University of South Florida, B.A.1968

    University of Florida, M.Ed., 1971

    University of Florida, Ed.D, 1975


    Bar Admission

    1988-Alabama; Northern, Middle, and Southern Division of Federal District Courts of Alabama; Southern Division of Federal District Court of Mississippi; Eastern Division of Federal District Court of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.


    Professional of the Year - Alabama Assoc. of

      Retarded Citizens, 1994

    Liberty Bell Award - Mobile County Bar Association, 2003

    Professional of the Year – ARC of Alabama

    Liberty Bell Award - Mobile County Bar Association



    Alabama Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association

    National Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association

    Mobile County Bar Association

    Baldwin County Bar Association

    American Association on Intellectual

      and Developmental Disabilities

    Council on Exceptional Children



    Personal Injury

    Wrongful Death


    DUI / DWI



    Contact Directly:

    (205) 989-1709 - Main Phone

    (205) 886-0991 - After-Hours Phone

    Shane T. Sears is an active volunteer in his hometown of Tuscaloosa and the greater Birmingham community. He volunteers with organizations that assist disabled individuals, as well as being a community board member for TREAC (Tuscaloosa Research and Education Advancement Corporation through the Department of Veterans' Affairs). TREAC is an organization that strives to improve the health and quality of life of veterans through the advancement of clinical knowledge through research and education.  After graduating from The University of Alabama School of Law, Shane has defended large corporations, represented individuals in personal injury cases, and advocated for the rights of special needs students in public school systems throughout the state of Alabama.

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    Practice Areas

    Special Needs Education Law

    Personal Injury

    Auto Accidents

    Insurance Law & Bad Faith


    DUI / DWI



    University of Alabama, J.D.., 1999

    University of Alabama, M.S., 1996

    University of Alabama, B.A., 1993


    Bar Admission

    1999, Alabama; U.S. District Court for the Northern,

    Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

    Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


    Neal C. Newell Trial Advocacy Scholarship

    George Peach Taylor Award for Outstanding

      Performance on National Trial Team

    Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society.



    Birmingham Bar Association

    Alabama State Bar

    Alabama Defense Lawyer's Association

    Defense Research Institute


    Community Activities

    TREAC (Tuscaloosa Research & Education Advancement Corporation)- Department of Veterans' Affairs- Tuscaloosa

    Member of Advent Episcopal Church

    Easter Seals West Alabama Volunteer

    Board Member, Hoover Soccer Club