Daniel L. McCleave

Daniel L. McCleave 2017-10-17T20:03:07+00:00
Mobile, Alabama Phone: 251-433-2001
Email: Email Me

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Dan graduated from The Pennington School and received his B.A. from The American University. He attended Saint Louis University School of Law, graduating in 1976, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and on the Law Review Staff. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri (1976) and Alabama (1979) along with the Southern District of Alabama, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court (1980). He was an instructor at Springhill College (1987 – 1995).

Over the past fourty years, Dan has handled many types of litigation, along with an office practice. He handles all probate matters; including conservatorships and deceased estates. He represents several small companies and individuals in all manner of litigation and dispute management. He handles immigration matters. He has successfully litigated several cases through the appellate courts. Known as a “lawyer’s lawyer”, Dan has represented attorneys and judges. He has enjoyed an A/V rating (the highest) from his peers for the last fifteen (15) years.

Dan is a member of the Mobile Bar Association. He has been a member of the Executive Committee (1991) and Chaired the Pro Bono Program (1990-1993). He practices general civil litigation, wills, estates and probate law, immigration law and appellate matters. He also handles federal and state white-collar criminal cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal White-Collar Criminal Cases
  • State White-Collar Criminal Cases
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Immigration Law and Appellate Matters
  • Wills, Estates and Probate Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1979
  • Missouri, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1976
    • Honors: President, Student Bar Association
    • Law Review: Saint Louis University Law Review, Staff, 1975
  • American University
    • B.A. – 1970

Representative Cases

  • Sheth v. Webster, 145 F.3d 1231 (11th Cir. 1998)
  • DuBose v. Weaver, 2011 Ala. LEXIS 23 ( Ala. 1070579, 2/25/2011)
  • Stuart C. DuBose v. Weaver, 68 So.3rd 814 (Ala. 2011)
  • Jeffery Ervin v. State of Alabama,  184 So.3rd 1073 (Ala. Crim. App. 2015)


  • Instructor, Law and Legal System, Springhill College, 1987 – 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mobile Bar Association, Member
  • Mobile Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, 1991
  • Mobile Bar Association, Chair, Pro Bono Program
  • South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • St. Louis County, Missouri, Assistant Public Defender, 1977 – 1979
  • Mobile County, Special District Judge, 1993