Honorable R. Austin Huffaker, Jr.

Judge R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and joined the Court in 2019.

Judge Huffaker graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1996, earning his Bachelor of Engineering degree with a cum laude distinction in Chemical Engineering. He is a 1999 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law where he was an editor of the Alabama Law Review, a Hugo Black Scholar, a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, and a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society.

Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Huffaker was employed in private practice for approximately 20 years in Montgomery, specializing in civil litigation defense, primarily in areas involving legal malpractice, employment, lender liability, auto dealerships, and product defect. He is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation and a former Commissioner with the Alabama Securities Commission. He currently sits on the Alabama Pattern Civil Jury Charge Committee.

Judge Huffaker also has served on an Alabama Law Institute committee to revise Article VI of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, and various state bar committees and task forces including the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Technology in the Courtroom, Creation of a Federal Practice Section, and Bench & Bar Relations. Finally, he has been elected as an officer with the Montgomery Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for over 10 years.

Judge Huffaker and his wife have four children. 


Vanderbilt University, B.E., 1996
Univ. of Alabama, School of Law, J.D., 1999


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