Charles R. (Chuck) Malone was born in 1954 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1972.
Chief Justice Malone received his B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1976 and his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law in 1981.
After being admitted to the Alabama State Bar, Chief Justice Malone entered private practice in his hometown of Tuscaloosa and practiced law for twenty years, handling cases in both state and federal courts. During that time, he served in various capacities of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, including Bar President.
In 2000, Chief Justice Malone was elected as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit and was re-elected in 2006. During his terms as circuit judge, he was elected twice by the judges of the Sixth Circuit to be presiding judge, once in 2003 and again in 2010.
While serving as a circuit judge, Chief Justice Malone also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business. Additionally, he was a guest instructor at the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Law Enforcement Academy for eight years.
In January 2011, Chief Justice Malone left the circuit bench to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor Robert Bentley.
In August 2011, Chief Justice Malone was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama by Governor Bentley.
Chief Justice Malone is a former member of the West Alabama Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Volunteer Steering Committee and a YMCA Little League coach. He has been a deacon, an adult Sunday school teacher and a trustee at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. He has also served as director of the First Baptist Church Foundation.
Chief Justice Malone is married to the former Terri Avery. They are the parents of two adult children.