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Sabra Barnett

Criminal Defense Attorney


  • University of Alabama
    • Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude – 2004
  • Hamilton College
    • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude – 1998


  • Arizona
  • Alabama


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Arizona, Criminal Law Section
  • Member of the Alabama State Bar
  • PTO Executive Board 2018-Present


  • Former Assistant Public Defender, Northern District of Alabama
  • Former Legislative Director, Alabama Senate
  • Former Policy Director, Governor of Alabama
  • Extensive Trial Experience

Sabra is a second generation criminal defense attorney. She grew up in a house where the phone rang at all hours of the night, and she spent her weekends hanging out at the jail, while her father worked tirelessly to get his clients released. It was no surprise to anyone when she left her cushy civil litigation practice to become one of the first Assistant Federal Public Defenders in Birmingham, Alabama.

“She was with me 15 months plus and seeking for justice. I would recommend her to anyone.”

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Criminal defense is in Sabra’s blood. Sabra believes in the importance of helping people during their toughest times. She has represented clients in all stages of their cases, from pre-charge investigation through jury trial, appeal, and post-conviction relief. Prior to making the switch, Sabra spent almost 6 years as a construction litigation attorney for one of the largest firms in the South. She travelled the world interviewing and deposing witnesses. She was mentored by a man that smoked two packs of cigarettes and drank two pots of coffee a day. He taught her to pay attention to the details and use her writing skills to win the battles. When she was not litigating, Sabra worked as the Legislative Director for the Alabama Senate, where she was able to hone her oral advocacy skills and realize the power of advocating for others.

50% of good lawyering cannot be taught. Sabra has the instinct that it takes to be at the top of her field.  Since becoming a criminal defense attorney, Sabra has handled cases in both state and federal courts. Prior to practicing at DM Cantor, she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama, and is licensed to practice law in both Alabama and Arizona, as well as various federal courts throughout the United States. Since the beginning of her career, she has handled all types of cases including Sex Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Fraudulent Schemes, Drug Offenses, Assault, Theft, Probation Violation, Appeals, Vehicular Crimes, and more. At DM Cantor, Sabra focuses on representing individuals in federal court, Title IX and other school disciplinary proceedings, and during the pre-charge and post-conviction stages of their case.

Sabra’s love for service goes beyond her day job. When Sabra is not at work, she can be found volunteering or cheering on her kids at one of their many activities.

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