State Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, announced that he is running for the Court of Civil Appeals in 2020 for the seat being vacated by Appeals Court Judge Scott Donaldson.
“The law has always been a passion of mine,” Fridy said. “Having spent years in private practice as an appellate lawyer, and having served for several years as a staff attorney for the Court of Civil Appeals and the Supreme Court, I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as a Judge on the Court of Civil Appeals.”
Fridy cited his history as a life-long Republican and Reagan conservative and said he has been a solid voice for principled, conservative leadership in the Alabama House of Representatives since his election in 2014.
While in the Legislature, he has served in various leadership roles, including vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and chairman of the House Committee on Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections.
Drawing on his background in constitutional law, Fridy has sponsored campus free speech laws and said he has fought to uphold the rights of free speech, due process and the rule of law, all while, in his view, working to keep government limited.
“I have always stood up for the constitution, and I will bring a fair-minded, conservative judicial philosophy to the bench,” Fridy said. “I have helped pass a number of judicial reforms to the Alabama Court system, and I have a deep understanding of how the courts work.”
Fridy is an attorney with the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt, a full-service law firm, where he focuses on appellate practice with an emphasis on constitutional law, agricultural law, critical motions, and corporate litigation.
Fridy graduated from Samford’s Cumberland School of Law magna cum laude. There he served as the Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Following graduation, he served as a federal law clerk to United States District Judge Edwin Nelson. Matt has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of Montevallo.
Fridy and his wife Kimberly, a pharmacist, have five children, They reside in Montevallo and attend Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Fridy is an elder.
Fridy is a former Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party. In 2013 he ran for Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party where he was defeated by then incumbent Bill Armistead.
The Republican Primary will be on March 3.