Terri Willingham Thomas, a native of Cullman, Alabama, achieved her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law, and attained her undergraduate degrees from Athens State University and Wallace State Community College.
Upon graduation from law school, Judge Thomas began practicing law in Cullman and soon after was elected as a District and Juvenile Court Judge in Cullman County where she served for 10 years.
In addition to acting as a District and Juvenile Court Judge, Judge Thomas served as President of the Alabama Juvenile and Family Courts Judges Association from 2004-2005, and on the Faculty of the Alabama Judicial College. She has also served as a member of Alabama's Juvenile Code Revision Committee, the Judicial System Legislative Coordinating Council, the Standing Committee on Juvenile Procedure, and the Standing Committee on Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics.
Judge Thomas is married to Dave Thomas and has four girls: Tara, Miranda, Ella and Eliza. She is an active member of Cullman Church of Christ.