John Earl Paluzzi is a graduate of Georgia State University and the Cumberland School of Law. Since graduating from law school he has been employed with the trust departments of AmSouth Bank and Compass Bank. He practiced law as a solo practitioner for twenty years before being elected the Judge of Probate in Pickens County, Alabama where he served for two six-year terms before retiring in 2018. As judge of probate he served the Alabama Probate Judges Association as its treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. He also has lectured on the law of probate and estate administration at many legal and judicial seminars for more than thirty years.