Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP

Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP

Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus is a full service law firm practicing in the same location as its predecessor firms have practiced for more than 70 years.

Firm Overview

Our firm is comprised of experienced attorneys very familiar with the legal process and the handling of all types of legal matters. We have represented residents of East Alabama in a wide variety of cases including personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, business disputes, domestic relations and criminal defense. Our firm has for years represented financial institutions and individuals in commercial and residential real estate transactions and have possession of the largest real estate title plants in East Alabama.

The firm is a highly respected leader of the legal community in Alabama. Our firm's objective is to provide the highest quality legal representation to our clients in a prompt and effective manner. The firm offers a broad array of legal services in all fields including general litigation, business litigation, domestic relations, banking, real estate, general corporate, probate and worker's compensation. Our firm also offers complete mediation and alternative dispute resolution services. We are proud of our past and are eagerly looking forward to the future. We believe in performing quality legal services for our clients at reasonable prices. We exist to serve our clients and to accommodate our clients' needs.

We are also proud that our firm has attained a national reputation as a preeminent AV rated firm. This accomplishment is only attained by a small percentage of lawyers and firms in the East Alabama area. We believe it is truly a reflection of our past work and an indicator of the quality of work we intend to perform in the future.

Firm members have been and continue to be active in state and local bar associations, with two of its members having served as President of the Alabama State Bar.

Main Office

Main Office
205 South Ninth Street
Opelika, AL 36801



Criminal Defense

When you choose Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP to take your case, you can be confident that we will fight for your rights and stand by your side every step of the way.

We will go through all avenues of the court system and will work in a professional manner to achieve positive results. Our attorneys represent people in Auburn, Opelika and the surrounding parts of Alabama, to include college students and residents of Auburn University. Michael Short and Jason Forbus have extensive experience in criminal defense. Michael served as City Prosecutor in Auburn Municipal Court from 2004 to 2014, where he prosecuted numerous cases. With Michael's experience as City Prosecutor, he knows exactly what to do to protect your rights. Michael knows about unique opportunities and avenues available throughout the prosecution process. Michael is familiar with the various possibilities of pretrial diversion programs and other options that apply to certain charges and situations. He knows how to explore all options available, and he will work with you one-on-one to determine the option that will benefit you and your unique situation, to include the circumstances surrounding the same.

Jason spent five years in law enforcement in Lee County prior to beginning his law practice. With this experience, Jason has the knowledge and qualifications to represent clients charged with various misdemeanor offenses in Auburn Municipal Court, Opelika Municipal Court and Lee County District Court.

Michael and Jason know the options available, and have experience in defending all misdemeanor charges, to partially include the following areas:

-Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
-Driving While Influenced (DWI)
-Disorderly conduct
-Resisting arrest
-Assault charges
-Domestic Violence charges
-Drug charges
-Drug possession and paraphernalia
-Burglary and theft
-Alcohol-related offenses
-All other miscellaneous

Regardless of what you have been accused of, you can be confident with Michael or Jason on your side. Each will put forward an aggressive defense and work hard to achieve positive results.

Matt White

Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLP

Matt White is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing. Matt earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1994 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar that same year. After graduating law school Matt served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Alabama which includes Chambers, Tallapoosa, Macon and Randolph Counties. While working as an Assistant District Attorney Matt tried many cases to verdict and gained invaluable courtroom experience. In 1999, Matt joined the firm and began practicing general civil litigation, including personal injury, workers' compensation, construction and real estate litigation.