Tom F. Young, Jr. was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama, by Tom F. Young, Sr., who was District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit for more than 35 years and Barbara H. Young, who was an educator for more than 30 years, as well as the first female Mayor of Alexander City.
He received his BA from the University of Alabama in 1975.
Following graduation from the University, Tom worked on the staff of Chief Justice C.C. “Bo” Tolbert and with the Administrative Office of Courts during tenure of Chief Justice Howell Heflin.
Tom Young graduated from Birmingham School of Law in 1982. While in law school, he clerked for Judge Charles Nice and later served as a Court Administrator for the Jefferson County Court System.
Following graduation from law school, Tom Young worked with a Plaintiff’s firm focusing on personal injury and later as a general practitioner in Birmingham, Alabama. He has also served as a City prosecutor, Special Referee in Family Court, Special District Court Judge, Municipal Court Judge and as special Probate Judge for Tallapoosa County.
Tom Young ran for the Circuit Court Bench in 2000 and served 18 years in the Fifth Judicial Circuit which consists of Tallapoosa, Chambers, Randolph and Macon counties. As Judge, he presided over thousands of civil, criminal and domestic cases, both jury and non-jury. From January 2013 until January 2016, he served as Presiding Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Young retired in January of 2019 and joined the Morris Haynes firm where he plans to continue handling personal injury, products liability and other civil cases, as well as criminal and domestic relations matters. He, additionally, is available for mediation, arbitration and private Judge services.
Tom Young has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve on the Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, the Weighted Caseload Committee and the Alabama Chemical Testing Training and Equipment Trust Fund Advisory Board. He has also completed the Managing Capital Cases Program sponsored by the National Judicial College. To date, Tom Young has received approximately 400 additional hours of special judicial training through the Administrative Office of Courts Continuing Legal Education Program and completed the Basic Mediation Training course.
He is married to Pam Vardaman Young and has two children, Michael and Kristen. The Youngs attend First United Methodist Church of Alexander City, Alabama.