Donald Trump nominates Ala. Solicitor General Andrew Brasher to District Judge

Andrew Brasher

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate a twelfth wave of judicial nominees — 20 judges, including one from Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama Solicitor General Andrew Brasher has been nominated to be District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Brasher is being nominated as a replacement to Brett Talley who had to withdraw his nomination last year after it was revealed he failed to disclose to the Judiciary Committee his wife worked for the White House counsel’s office. He was also rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Assn.’s screening committee having never tried a case.

As Solicitor General, Brasher has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court, tried cases in Federal and State courts, and won two “Best Brief Awards” from the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to his appointment as Solicitor General in 2014, he served for several years as the Deputy Solicitor General. Before joining the Alabama Attorney General’s office, Brasher practiced in the litigation and white collar criminal defense practice groups in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Brasher served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Brasher earned his B.A., with honors and summa cum laude, from Samford University, where he presently serves on the Board of Overseers, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Victor Brudney Prize.

Sen. Richard Shelby described the appointment as “great news” in a Facebook post.

Great news from the White House today!

Andrew Brasher of Montgomery has been nominated to be District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. His experience in the courtroom will be valuable in this new role as he continues to serve Alabama.

Mark Sloke of Mobile has also been nominated by the President to serve as the US Marshal for the Southern District of Alabama. I look forward to seeing him continue to enforce the law and protect our citizens in his new role.