Matt Fridy was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in 2020. Born in Virginia, he grew up in the Birmingham area, attending high school at what is now known as the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School. He graduated with honors from the University of Montevallo with a degree in History. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and was inducted into Curia Honoris.
After law school, Judge Fridy served a one-year federal clerkship for U.S. District Judge Edwin Nelson. He then joined a Birmingham law firm, where his law practice focused on constitutional law, appellate litigation, and agricultural law. Judge Fridy also served for several years as a staff attorney in the Alabama appellate courts.
In 2014, while serving in private practice, Judge Fridy was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives to represent the citizens of District 73, which comprised parts of Montevallo, Alabaster, Pelham, and Helena. He was reelected in 2018, and resigned from the House upon his election to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
Judge Fridy previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of Montevallo. He is a member of the Supreme Court's Standing Committee on the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure and the University of Montevallo Foundation Board.
Judge Fridy and his wife Kimberly, a pharmacist, have five children — Jack, Beth, Cate, Emily, and Caroline Mae. They reside in Montevallo and attend Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Matt serves as an elder on the Session.