Robert Graham Esdale, Sr., is a native of Birmingham. He graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy and served two years in the U.S. Army. He attended the University of Alabama where he received a B.S. in law in 1953 and an LL.B. in 1954.
Mr. Esdale practiced as a trial lawyer in Birmingham for twenty years before becoming Vice-President and General Counsel of Moore-Handley, Inc. (Homecrafters) where he served until November 1983. He served as Municipal Judge for the town of Pelham from 1975-1983. He became the Clerk of the Supreme Court on November 21, 1983.
During his practice, he served as a member of the American, Alabama, and Birmingham Bar Associations, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the American Judicature Society, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Alabama Municipal Judges Association, and he served on the Alabama State Bar Committee on the revision of the Criminal Code.
Mr. Esdale is a member of the Saint Mary's on the Highlands. He is married to the former Susanne Sageser Flack, and they have six children: Graham, James, and Phillip Esdale, Mary Masoner, Wesley Lister, and Hunter Flack.