Judge Daniel A. Crowson


The Crowson family's roots in Shelby County date many years back. In fact, Judge Crowson's great grandfather (x5), Richard Crowson, was a pioneer settler in the Shelby County area and served as Shelby County's first ever Justice of the Peace. A deep commitment to justice and the welfare of Shelby County is simply in the Crowson blood.


  • Law Clerk, G. William Noble, Circuit Judge (1998-2001)

  • Founding Partner of Crowson, Morrison & Spann, LLC (2001 through 2014)

  • Board of Directors, Greater Shelby County Education Foundation (2003 through 2004)

  • Board of Directors, The Shelby County Day Program (2004 through 2005)

  • Prosecutor, City of Vincent, Alabama (2005 through 2014)

  • Prosecutor, City of Montevallo, Alabama (2006 through 2014)

  • Prosecutor, University of Montevallo (2006 through 2014)

  • Certified Mediator (2006 through 2014)

  • Municipal Judge, Calera, Alabama (2010 through 2014)

  • District Judge, Shelby County, Alabama (January 2015 through present)



Honors & Awards

  • The Honorable Howard Heflin Appreciation Award Recipient

  • State of Alabama Judge of the Year, presented by the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (2012)

  • State of Alabama Court Referral Services Award Recipient (2012)

  • Leadership Shelby County Graduate (2014)



  • Alabama Bar Association

  • Shelby County Bar Association

  • Birmingham Bar Association

  • Member of Liberty Baptist Church, Chelsea, Alabama


Commitment to Excellence

  • Of all district and circuit court cases filed in Shelby County

  • in 2017, Judge Crowson was assigned 67% (or 11,765 cases). [1]

  • Of all district and circuit court cases filed in Shelby County

  • in 2018, Judge Crowson was assigned 71% (or 14,195 cases). [2]

  • Judge Crowson brings an average of 97% of all cases

  • before him to a disposition in each fiscal year.[3]


[1]Statistics supplied for 2017 courtesy of the Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

[2]Statistics supplied for 2018 courtesy of the Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

[3]Dispositional statistics courtesy of the Alabama Unified Judicial System, AL 

Administrative Office of Courts.

Keeping Shelby County Safe



*Judge Crowson’s background and experience is diverse and his family history goes to the very founding of Shelby County.  


*As a husband and father Judge Crowson began work after receiving his bachelor’s degree for Regions Bank so as to support his family while simultaneously attending law school at night.   After successfully obtaining his law degree in 2001, he founded the law firm of Crowson, Morrison & Spann, LLC , where he worked extensively in criminal, civil and domestic law.  While practicing law full time and representing his clients diligently, he also served as a city prosecutor and judge in multiple municipalities throughout the county.  


*His character and morals are rooted in family and faith.  He and his wife of 22 years, Ashley, have two children, Daniel, III and Lauren, who attend school at Chelsea.  They are members of Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, Alabama.  In 2014, Judge Crowson sought political office as Shelby County’s District Judge, where he was elected by a vast majority of Shelby County’s citizens.  Since then, Judge Crowson has put his experience, faith and well-formed background to work to act as Shelby County’s District Judge in a fair, just and extraordinarily efficient manner.  Judge Crowson serves in the County that currently is most in need of a new district judgeship based upon the number of residents to judges throughout the State of Alabama.[1]  Even when faced with a daunting caseload of 71% of all cases filed in Shelby County’s district and circuit courts (or 14,195 cases), Judge Crowson has successfully brought an average of 97% of cases before him to a disposition in each fiscal year.


*Judge Crowson honors the tradition of serving Shelby County as the third in his lineage of Shelby County judges.  Judge Crowson’s father, D. Al Crowson, served as Shelby County’s Presiding Circuit Judge from 1987 through 2005 and then as Supernumerary Judge from 2005 to present. His great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Richard Crowson, was a pioneer settler of this area and served as Shelby County’s first judge and justice of the peace.



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