Hugo L. Black United States Courthouse
1729 5th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
CM/ECF Helpdesk for Civil Cases:
Proposed Orders to Chambers:
Docket Clerk(205) 278-1724
Courtroom Deputy(205) 278-1745
Chambers Telephone Number(205) 278-1920
Chief Magistrate Judge John E. Ott Magistrate Judge John E. Ott was appointed to the Court in 1998. He now serves as the Chief Magistrate Judge of the Court. He has presided as a trial judge in over fifty criminal or civil cases in a variety of subject areas, including employment discrimination, civil rights, contract disputes, antitrust, negligence, and federal misdemeanor cases. He has also served as a settlement judge or mediator in over 500 cases in nearly every type of federal litigation.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Ott served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama for fifteen years. He began as a prosecutor in the criminal division of the Office and held the positions of Deputy Chief and Chief of the Criminal Division and Executive Assistant United States Attorney with oversight responsibility for litigation.
Prior to his service with the United States Attorney, he was a law clerk for the United States Magistrates for the Northern District of Alabama.
Judge Ott serves on the adjunct faculty at Cumberland School of Law, teaching trial advocacy. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, teaching courses in trial techniques and advocacy, criminal evidence, e-discovery and social media, and negotiation and mediation. He is a frequent writer and presenter at continuing education courses for attorneys on attorney ethics and professionalism, trial advocacy, evidence, mediation, and employment law.
Judge Ott earned his B.A. degree magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida in Criminal Justice in 1977 and his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1981.
Judge Ott is a member of the Alabama, Florida and Birmingham Bar Associations. He is also a fellow with the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation.