Bahakel earned a business management degree from UAB in 1975. He earned his juris doctorate at the Birmingham School of Law and began working at Bahakel & Bahakel in 1979. He left private practice in 1993 to take his seat on the circuit court. He was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and, narrowly, 2010.
Bahakel is the brother of former judge Gloria Bahakel.
- Faulk, Kent (May 30, 2013) "Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Alfred Bahakel retiring, but staying on until successor chosen."