BIRTHPLACE: Lakeland, Florida
SPOUSE: Julie Carlton Lawson
J.D., Florida State University, 1987, with Highest Honors;
B.S., Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (with emphasis in Natural Resource Management), Clemson University, 1983, with Highest Honors;
A.A., Tallahassee Community College, 1981, with Highest Honors.
LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS:
Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2006 - Present;
Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 2002 - 2005;
Assistant County Attorney, Orange County, Florida, 1997 - 2001;
General Counsel, Verses Wear, Inc., 1996;
Associate & Partner, Steel Hector & Davis, Miami and Tallahassee, Florida,
1987 - 1995.
BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES:
Appellate Practice Section, Fifth District Representative, 2006 - Present;
Appellate Court Technology Committee, Fifth District Representative, 2006 - Present;
Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, 2004 - Present;
First Central Florida Inns of Court, 2002 - Present;
Orange County Bar Association, 1996 - Present;
Former Test Writer (Evidence) and Grader, Florida Board of Bar Examiners;
Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, Past Member.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS:
Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Outstanding Jurist Award (2005);
Martindale-Hubbell “A.V.” attorney rating;
University Graduate Award and Fellowship, Florida State University;
O'Kelly Civil Trial Practice Award and Scholarship, Florida State University;
Book Awards in Evidence and Legal History, Florida State University;
Rhodes Scholarship Nominee, Clemson University;
Hartzog Award and Scholarship, Clemson University;
Order of the Coif.
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (attend);
House of Hope (Board Member);
Surgical and Medical Assistance Relief Teams (Volunteer);
Hope for Honduras (Volunteer);
Junior Achievement (Past Volunteer);
2008 Boston Marathon Qualifier and Finisher.