Bentley H. Patrick

A resident of Alabama for five decades, Bentley Patrick graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1989 and is a former Trust Officer with AmSouth Bank. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law where he served as a Teaching Fellow, as a Member of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Boards, and as a member of Cumberland’s National Mock Trial Team.

Bentley has served clients in a wide variety of civil cases all across Alabama. As a trained mediator, he has settled over 100 cases on a pro bono basis and currently maintains an active fee-based civil mediation practice. He has served on The Birmingham Bar Association’s community education, bulletin and civil courts procedures committees. A graduate of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Bentley also has served on the Alabama State Bar’s Insurance task force and on the Bar’s Addendum publication board.

Bentley is a former Circuit Court Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. He presided over more civil jury trials to a verdict than any other judge in the State of Alabama between August, 2015, and December, 2016. During his career, Bentley has handled first and third-party insurance coverage litigation, and cases involving claims of construction defects, professional malpractice, workers’ compensation, premises liability, motor vehicle liability and uninsured motorists, breach of contract, property and boundary disputes, and a variety of other civil cases.

He is married to the Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, a United Methodist minister who served as the program director for several nonprofits prior to entering full time ministry. They have two college-aged daughters. A lifelong United Methodist, Bentley has also been a volunteer with Urban Ministry in the West End Community of Birmingham, The Bethesda Life Center in Ensley, Habitat for Humanity, the Men’s Firehouse Shelter, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as a Rotarian, and as a Board member of the non-profit Impact Family Counseling.

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