Judge Martha Reeves Cook was appointed as District Court Judge, Place 1, in March 2019, to fill the remaining term of Judge John Amari, who retired in January 2019.
Judge Cook is a native of Selma, Alabama and a graduate of Selma High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. Judge Cook obtained her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.
Prior her appointment, Judge Cook practiced civil law for 20+ years, representing individuals and businesses, plaintiffs and defendants. Most recently, she opened her own mediation and law practice where she mediated cases involving real estate disputes, divorce and family matters, federal consumer laws, and personal injury cases. Judge Cook volunteers for the Wills Clinic sponsored by Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and speaks on conflict resolution topics at local and national events.
Judge Cook is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Magic City Bar Association. She is the former chair and board member of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and a graduate and former board member of Leadership Vestavia Hills. Most importantly, she is the mother of two wonderful sons.