• Degrees: B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973, cum laude; J.D., University
of Florida, 1977 with Honors.
• Offices and Positions: Judge, District Court of Appeal, First District,
June 1991 to present (Chief Judge 2006-2007); private practice in Pensacola, Florida, 1979-91;
Litigation Attorney, Florida Department of Transportation, 1978-79; Assistant
Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit, 1978; Assistant State Attorney,
Twelfth Judicial Circuit, 1977-78.
• Legal Activities: Legal Activities: Florida Supreme Court
Judicial Branch Records Management Committee (Chair, 2008-), Florida Supreme
Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (Civil); The Florida Bar Judicial
Administration Selection and Tenure Committee (Chair 2004-2005); Florida Supreme
Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (Chair 1998-99 & 2000-01); Florida
Supreme Court Public Records Workgroup (Chair 2000-01); Florida Bar Rules of
Judicial Administration Committee (Chair 1999-2000); Chair, District Court of
Appeal Budget Commission, (2005-2006); Master, Tallahassee American Inns of
Court (President 2005-2006); Master, First District Appellate American Inn of
Court, (President-Elect, 2009-2010).
Admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court, United States 5th, 6th,
and 11th Circuits, United States District Court, Northern District of Florida;
United States Army Court of Military Review.
• Faculty: Florida
College of Advanced Judicial Studies; Florida Conference of Circuit Judges;
Florida Conference of County Judges; American
Judicature Society College of Judicial Conduct Organizations.
• Civic and Religious: President, Northeast Pensacola Sertoma Club
(1988-89); President, Temple Beth El, Pensacola (1989-91); Trustee, Temple
• Publications: "Judicial Elections: Canon 7, Politics, and Free Speech",
The Florida Bar Journal , Vol. LXXII, No. 7 July/August 1998; "No-Fault
Insurance" Chapter in Florida Automobile Insurance Law (1991, 1995, 1998); "'But
I'm A Friend of the Court' and Other Predicaments: What Every Lawyer Should Know
About the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct," The Florida Bar Journal, March
Philip Y. Tomberlin, J. D., University of Florida, 1986, Career Attorney
Jonathan Mautner, J. D. Emory, 2009, Law Clerk
C. J. Marston, Judicial Assistant