I love my life.
J. Brent Helms
Attorney | Former Judge | Entrepreneur | Public Speaker
I’m a former judge who transformed my career when I left the bench to practice law at Helms Law Group, a law firm I founded to litigate cases that advance conservative values and morals. My legal team and I were the first in history to open an estate for an unborn aborted six-week-old child and sue the abortion clinic that terminated that child’s life. That case, referred to as the single most significant case that has arisen in the U.S. since the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, is presently before the Alabama Supreme Court pending a (hopefully favorable) decision.
During my time as a judge, I am proud to have issued law-based decisions in every single case I ever heard with zero appeals and not a single writ of mandamus. I also jointly oversaw budgets of approximately $1.7 million and returned approximately 19% of those budgets to the general fund due to wise, fiscally conservative spending and financial stewardship and accountability. During that same time, I developed and introduced procedures to collect more than $25 million in annual taxes with an error rate of less than one-one-hundredth of a percent. One of my favorite tasks, however, was helping oversee elections.
I've been an entrepreneur since 2007.
The first business I started in 2007 was the Alabama Institute of Modern Languages ("AIML"). Since 2007, AIML has been privileged to do work for entities including but not limited to the American Public Health Association, Carnegie Endowment, Conference America, General Dynamics, Harvard University, Joint Commission, Kohl's, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, National Committee on U.S. China Relations, Republican National Committee, The Israel Project, and more. More impressive (and valuable) than the list of clients AIML has served is its friendly, experienced, and competent staff.
Concurrent to opening AIML, I recognized a need in the community. Hispanics were immigrating to Alabama, but they were not assimilating well. This led to conflict between Alabamians and Hispanics. The result: I started the first Spanish assimilation newspaper in Alabama (and probably the U.S.). The newspaper published how-to articles, which helped Hispanics enroll children in school, pay taxes, purchase, sell, and register vehicles, homes, and other property, and more. By its third edition, the newspaper was debt-free. I sold it soon thereafter for a profit.
More important to me than my professional accomplishments is my family.
In 2002, I married Laura Taylor from Slapout, Alabama. And yes, she's every bit as interesting and fun as the name of the town she's from. Together, Laura and I have seven beautiful children.
I am fortunate to be able to serve in my community. I helped pass a law in Alabama criminalizing elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. I sit on the board of an organization that fights against domestic violence and protects victims of the same. I'm also a member of a statewide task force that fights human trafficking.
Since stepping off the bench in 2016, I have a career that allows me to impact society and make the world a better place while allowing me time with family and friends, flexibility, and relaxation, all of which make me happy.