David Breland

402 Moulton Street 
T: 256-353-6761
F: 256-353-6767

The University of Alabama
B.S. – Commerce and Business Administration
Major – Pre-Law
1975 (magna cum laude)

The University of Alabama
School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree

Retired Judge David Breland joined EysterKey of counsel on January 1, 2011. Judge Breland is a native and life-long resident of Decatur, Alabama. He served as Morgan County District Court Judge from 1983 -2008. During this time the court was honored on numerous occasions for its case administration efficiency including multiple annual citations for being the most case current court in the state regardless of size of docket. During this time more than 30 programs to serve children and youth coming before the court were developed by the court and its partner agencies including the award winning Morgan County System of Services (which is still considered the flagship of family resource centers in the state). In addition to his work at EysterKey, Judge Breland currently serves as the Director of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Community Resource Initiative by appointment of the Chief Justice and request of the Governor and initially funded through a grant from the Alabama Power Foundation.

Judge Breland is a Court certified general mediator and certified arbitrator. As an active judge he established citizen panels for minor juvenile offenses, a citizen mediation program for civil and small claims cases and a citizen mediation program for child custody and visitation cases. All of these types of panels now have statewide application and are considered models for the state.


  • Former member of the Board of Governors and the House of Delegates of the American Judges Association
  • Member or former member of numerous state and national commissions and committees to improve the justice system the justice system in Alabama as well as in the United States (most of these being appointments by governors or chief justices)
  • Current member Alabama Select Commission on High School Graduation and Student Dropouts (Judicial representative among the 20 members) (appointee of Chief Justice Cobb) (2009-present)
  • Recipient of community, state and national humanitarian awards from The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Decatur United Minority Association, Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America, Mental Health Association of Morgan County, the Decatur Civitan Club, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Rotary International
  • Recipient of the Barrett C. Shelton Sr. Freedom Award a regional humanitarian/service recognition awarded at the annual Spirit of America Festival for service to the counties of the Tennessee Valley, Alabama (2006)
  • Alabama Fatherhood Initiative, Judge of the Year (Statewide award) (2007)
  • Rotary service (Rotary Club of Decatur) (1983-present)
    • Paul Harris Fellow – President (1991-1992)
    • Four-Way Test Award Recipient (1999)
    • Rotary service (Rotary District 6860-Northern Alabama)
    • Deputy District Governor
    • Assistant District Governor (five terms)
    • Rotary Information Committee Chairman and Awards Committee Chairman
    • Recipient of Rotary International Four Avenues of Service Citation (2006)
  • Recipient of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce A.C. Banks Citizen of the Year (2008)
  • Recipient of the Newton B. Powell Service Award for lifetime achievement as an elected official in North Alabama (2008)
  • Boy Scouts of America service and awards
    • Distinguished Heart of an Eagle Award for lifetime service
    • Whitney Young Award recipient (for service to minority scouting youth)
    • Board member, Greater Alabama Council
    • Board Member, Tennessee Valley Council
    • Silver Beaver Award
    • District Chairman, Arrowhead District (two terms)
    • Merit badge counselor (teaching the three citizenship merit badges twice annually)
    • Father of Eagle Scout Will Breland
  • Current or former member of more than ten local community boards that benefit children and youth
  • Active Member First Baptist Church of Decatur
  • Married to Drama Breland, two children, Will (21) and Mary Katherine (18)

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