The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has appointed Mobile attorney Henry Callaway as the federal bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
Callaway will replace Judge Margaret A. Mahoney, who has served as the U.S. bankruptcy judge in Mobile since 1993. Mahoney will be stepping down at the end of April, and Callaway will begin a 14-year term in May.
Callaway, 56, has practiced business litigation and bankruptcy law with the Hand Arendall firm in Mobile since 1983, the only firm he has worked with since graduating from law school at Vanderbilt University.
“I love practicing law at Hand Arendall, and I’ve had a great experience here,” Callaway said. “It will be sad to leave my friends there, but I’m very excited about an opportunity to cap off my legal career with public service in area of law that I really enjoy.”
Callaway said bankruptcy is an interesting portion of the law, ranging from high-cost cases for larger clients and smaller cases that have high states the individuals involved. Making sure those without significant financial recourse are fairly represented in court is part of the work Callaway has done with the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, which he currently chairs.
“I’ve been very active in making sure the legal system is fair to low income people, and that’s part of my job as a bankruptcy judge as well,” Callaway said. “Bankruptcy really covers the big and the small. Sometimes you’re determining what 1993 Dodge Dart is worth, and sometimes it’s whether a city can recognize and whether people are going to get their pensions. It’s an interesting position.”
Callaway was president of the Mobile Bar Association in 2011 and has been a state bar commissioner since 2008. He has been a leader in the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program for 25 years and has served several terms as president.
He has also received a national award from the American Bar Association for his work to provide legal help to low-income Alabamians through the Alabama Access to Justice Commission.
Callaway is the long-time scoutmaster of a special needs Boy Scout troop at Augusta Evans School and has served as senior warden at All Saints Episcopal Church. He is married to Emily Clark Callaway and has two sons.