Judge Thomason is the Presiding District Judge in Baldwin County, and is in her 12th year on the bench.She is seeking election to a position currently held by Judge Craig Pittman who is retiring, and who has endorsed her as his replacement. Although she is a District Judge by title, she is a Circuit Judge by special appointment, as the majority of her caseload involves family court cases. Additionally, she handles other criminal and civil cases, and presides over the Baldwin County Veterans Court, which she founded in February of 2014.
Judge Michelle Thomason (formerly Michelle Hart) graduated from Mobile College (now the University of Mobile) with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1992, and was a banker for over ten years before she decided to change her career to the law. She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1995. Prior to becoming a judge, she was a partner in the law firm of Pearson, Cummins & Hart, where she practiced civil defense litigation as well as family law for over eleven years before taking the bench.
In 2006 Judge Thomason was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to her current seat, and has served in that position since that time. In 2016, Judge Thomason was named Judge of the Year by the Alabama State Bar’s Family Law Section. Judge Thomason has served in many leadership roles throughout the state, all while handling one of the highest volume dockets in Alabama. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the Alabama Judicial College, member of the Alabama Supreme Court committee for the Rules of Judicial Administration, member of the Alabama Judicial Reallocation Commission, on the legislative committee for the Alabama District Judges Association, charter member of the Board of Directors of Baldwin Substance Abuse Services and is the immediate past president of the Alabama District Judges Association.