About Judge Mendheim

Judge Mendheim was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court by Governor Kay Ivey in January 2018. Judge Brad Mendheim served as a circuit judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, covering Henry (Abbeville) and Houston (Dothan) Counties. Judge Mendheim was elected circuit judge in 2008, and was reelected without opposition to another six-year term in 2014. Prior to becoming circuit judge, he served as district judge of Houston County beginning in 2001. Judge Mendheim has served continuously as an Alabama judge since 2001.


As circuit judge, Judge Mendheim heard criminal, civil and domestic relations cases in Houston and Henry Counties.  Over half of his caseload consisted of felony criminal cases. As judge, he presided over more than 300 jury trials.  Judge Mendheim has been called upon twice to sentence men to death for their convictions for capital murder. In addition, he has presided over numerous violent felonies, crimes against children, as well as property and drug offenses. During his prior service as district judge of Houston County, he handled a large volume of misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases, set bonds on criminal cases, in addition to civil and small claims cases. As part of his judicial duties, Judge Mendheim is often contacted by law enforcement officers for search warrants in on-going criminal investigations.

Judge Mendheim is a long-time faculty member of the Alabama Judicial College and an active member of the Circuit Judges’ Education Committee. For many years, he has been a lecturer for new Alabama circuit and district judges on Alabama Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a frequent speaker at judicial and legal seminars on a variety of topics.
Judge Mendheim has been appointed by every Chief Justice since 2001 to hear cases by special assignment in other Alabama counties where there is a backlog, or the local judge is disabled or has recused from a matter. During his service, Judge Mendheim has heard over 250 cases in over 35 Alabama counties by special assignment.  Judge Mendheim has been recognized annually by the Chief Justice for accepting more special assignments than any other judge in the State.  


Judge Mendheim was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on its Rules of Civil Procedure Committee. He was also appointed by the Chief Justice to serve on the Weighted Caseload Committee, and has also served on the statewide Committee on Drug Courts and the Chief Justice’s Judicial Reallocation Task Force.

Prior to becoming a judge in 2001, Brad was in private practice with a law firm in Dothan, then served for six and a half years as an assistant district attorney for Henry and Houston Counties. As a local prosecutor, he handled every type of criminal case, from the most minor traffic ticket to death penalty cases. Brad personally tried over 120 criminal jury trials, most of which were serious felonies and crimes of violence. During this time, Brad served as an active member of the board of directors of the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center and was the chief prosecutor for the local Drug Task Force.

Brad and his wife Michelle, have been married for over 23 years. They are the proud parents of three sons, Connor (19), Ryan (16) and Carson (14). Brad is a lifelong resident of Dothan, graduating from Northview High School. He and his family are long-time members of First Baptist Church of Dothan, where he is a Sunday school teacher and deacon.




Judge Mendheim has been endorsed by the following conservative business groups:

Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) 

Alabama Forestry Association

The Alabama Retail Association

The Business Council of Alabama (BCA)

Manufacture Alabama

Alabama Grocers Association

The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (ACJRC)