Caryl Penney Privett

Caryl Penney Privett

Title: Circuit Judge (Retired)
Company: 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama
Location: Mountain Brook, Alabama, United States

Caryl Penney Privett, a Retired Circuit Judge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of legal service.

With unparalleled expertise in legal service, Ms. Privett enjoyed a fulfilling career that lasted more than four decades. Having served in both private practice and public service across the span of her professional journey, she distinguished herself as a circuit judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama between 2003 and her retirement in 2015. In addition to her early work as an associate attorney in Alabama, Ms. Privett found a great deal of success at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Alabama from 1976 until 1998, whereupon she served as a city prosecutor for the city of Mountain Brook until her appointment as a circuit judge.

Before venturing onto her vocational path, Ms. Privett first sought an education at Vanderbilt University, from which she attained a Bachelor of Arts in 1970. Following this accomplishment, she studied law at New York University and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1973. Ms. Privett was subsequently admitted to practice law in the state of Alabama, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and South Districts of Alabama and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Well regarded for her indelible contributions to the field, Ms. Privett has received numerous accolades. Among them, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award and Excellence Award from the Birmingham Bar Foundation in 2020, the Maud McLure Kelly Award from the Alabama State Bar and the Nina Miglionico Award and Judge Drayton James Award from the Birmingham Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Privett was inducted into the Vanderbilt University Student Media Hall of Fame and was recognized as an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1977 and 1978, among many other honors to her credit.

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