Judge Borden was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on October 19, 2015. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.S. degree in business administration in 2001. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, magna cum laude, in May 2005, where he was named to Order of the Coif, designated as a Hugo L. Black Scholar, and received the Jerome A. Hoffman Student Leadership Award. Judge Borden was both a junior editor and the editor-in-chief of the Alabama Law Review. After law school, he served as law clerk to Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Acker, Jr., in the Northern District of Alabama from August 2005 to August 2006.
From January 2011 to October 2015, Judge Borden was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, where he received the Drug Enforcement Administration's 2013 Spartan Award for dedication and extraordinary effort in prosecuting organization-level drug trafficking crimes. Judge Borden was an associate in private civil practice at Lightfoot, Franklin & White from August 2006 to December 2010, where he primarily handled commercial litigation and products liability disputes.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Borden was a member of the Alabama Bar Association's Character and Fitness Committee, Leadership Forum Task Force, and Executive Committee for the Young Lawyers' Division. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc.; the Family Guidance Center of Alabama in Montgomery; and the Freshwater Land Trust in Birmingham. He has been a frequent guest lecturer on criminal law at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Washington and Lee University, B.S., 2001
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2005