Ivey comments on appointment of Brad Mendheim to Alabama Supreme Court

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Judge Brad Mendheim (State of Alabama)

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday released a statement on the appointment of Brad Mendheim to fill a vacancy on the Alabama Supreme Court created by the election of Tom Parker as chief justice.

“After reviewing all of those interested in the position, Justice Mendheim is clearly the most qualified, with impeccable legal credentials and with unquestioned character and integrity,” Ivey said. “With more than 17 years of judicial experience, Justice Mendheim brings the experience of having served on the Alabama Supreme Court. Every applicant was given appropriate consideration, but Justice Mendheim exceeded them all. I appreciate his previous service to the state of Alabama and know that in this continuing opportunity he will again follow the law and serve with honor.”

Mendheim’s appointment as an associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is effective Jan. 15, 2019.

Back in January 2018, Ivey appointed Mendheim to fill a vacancy on the Alabama Supreme Court created by the resignation of Justice Glenn Murdock. Mendheim lost his bid for the seat in this year's Republican Primary, but will continue to serve on the court with this new appointment.

From 2008 until January 2018, Mendheim served as a Circuit Judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit (Houston and Henry Counties). He served as Houston County District Judge from 2001 to 2008. During his time on the bench, Judge Mendheim has presided over more than 300 jury trials. He was appointed to hear more than 250 cases in more than 35 Alabama counties by every Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice since 2001 and has been recognized annually for accepting more special assignments than any other judge in the state.

Prior to taking the bench in 2001, Mendheim was in private practice in Dothan and served for more than six years as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit, where he personally tried more than 120 criminal jury cases. As a judge, he has presided over a large variety of trials, including death penalty cases, felony cases and civil cases. He is a graduate with High Honors from Auburn University and Cumberland School of Law, where he made the Dean’s List.