Honorable Michelle M. Thomason, Presiding Judge

Courtroom #7 at Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette, Alabama
Mailing Address:
201 East Section Avenue
Foley, Alabama 36535

Phone - (251) 972-8573
Fax - (251) 972-6815

Court Attendant: Alicia Hammond - (251) 972-8573 Ext. 3
Press 3 in the phone menu to get Alicia - Domestic Relations Cases

Judicial Assistant: Jennifer Wallace - (251) 972-8573 Ext. 2
Jennifer - All Criminal, Traffic in Foley Satellite, Domestic Violence, PFA, Misdemeanor in FH and FO Satellite and Marine/Conservation cases.

Presiding District Judge Michelle M. Thomason (formerly Judge Michelle Hart) was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the District Court on August 29, 2006, and was re-elected in 2008. She sits as a Special Circuit Judge, where she hears family court cases such as divorces, custody and juvenile matters, and Protection from Abuse cases, in addition to district court cases involving domestic violence, traffic and criminal issues. She also presides over the Baldwin County Veterans Court, which she started in 2014. Judge Thomason was named Judge of the Year by the Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section in 2016.

Judge Thomason graduated from Mobile College (now the University of Mobile) with a Bachelor of Science in business in 1992 and received her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1995.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a partner in the law firm of Pearson, Cummins & Hart, where she practiced primarily family law.

Judge Thomason is a lifelong Republican and President of the Eastern Shore Republican Women for the years 2012 and 2013, 2016 and 2017. She currently attends Graceport Church in Fairhope, and in the past has taken on many active roles in church leadership, including church council chairman, staff-parish relations chairman, finance chairman, youth leader and has been on several mission trips. She has served her community in many leadership positions over the years, and currently serves as the immediate Past President of the Alabama District Judges Association; District Judge Chairman of the Judicial Education Committee (Alabama Judicial College); on the Supreme Court committee for the Rules of Judicial Administration, on the Judicial Reallocation Commission, along with other local boards and committees. She is a frequent seminar speaker throughout the State on family and domestic violence laws, as well as Veterans Courts. She is also a member of the Fairhope Sunset Rotary Club.

Judge Thomason is married to Tony Thomason. She has one son, Jonathan, who is an associate pastor at Shalimar United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, a daughter-in-law, Liz, and two grandchildren.