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The Honorable
William D. Palmer

Judge Palmer

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District Judge


BIRTHPLACE:        Adrian, Michigan

SPOUSE:                Nancy S. Palmer

CHILDREN:             Five


DEGREES: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Management Science (with honors) 1973; Boston College Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1976.

Chief Judge, July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009; Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2000-present; President, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges 2014-2015; Palmer & Palmer, P.A., 1997-2000; Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., 1976-1997; Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy, 2006-2015 (Chair 2009-2015); Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, 2005-2009; Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction, 2005-2006; District Court of Appeal Budget Committee, 2005-2009; Education Committee of the District Court of Appeal Conference, 2006-2014; Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, Membership Committee, 2007-2008; Education Committee, 2008-2009, 2010-2012; 2017- present (Chair 2010-2011); Executive Committee, 2011-2017; Secretary-Treasurer, 2012-2013; Vice-President, 2013-2014; President-Elect, 2014-2015; President 2015-2016; Nominations Committee 2016 - present (chair 2016-17). and Supreme Court Statewide Managed Mediation Program Assessment Workgroup Chair (2011).


BAR OFFICE & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar: Appellate Certification Committee, 2004-2007 (Chair 2005-2006); Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 1989-1995 (Chair 1992-1994), 1998-2004, 2007-2013(Chair 2012-2013); Judicial Nominating Commission Institute, Chair, 1999-2000, 2011-2012; Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee, 1995-1998; Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee, 1984-1987 (Chair 1986); Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board, 1981-1984; Fee Arbitration Committee, 1991-1994; Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section, Vice-Chair, Programs Committee, 1995-1996; Family Law Section, Vice-Chair, Amicus Committee, 1993-1995, Director, Pro Bono Appellate Project, 1993-1995, Co-Chair, Florida Bar Journal Committee, 1993-1995. Orange County Bar Association: Chairman, Arbitration Service, 1994-1996; Chairman, Bar Briefs and Publications Committee, 1980-1982; Chairman, Fee Arbitration Committee, 1983-1984; Professionalism Committee, 1999-2003; Special Project to Develop Code of Professionalism, 1989; Twice named Outstanding Committee Chair. American Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section, Publications Committee Co-Chair, Litigation Seminar Chair, 1999, First Central Florida American Inn of Court, 2003-2004, Dunn-Blount Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 2005-2009.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Director, 1996-2004; Florida Hospital Foundation, Director, 1992-1996; Central Florida Helpline, Chairman of the Board, 1986-87; Judicial Nominating Commission, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1986-1990 (Chair 1988-1989); Tomoka Christian Church, member of multiple mission teams and Sunday school teacher, 2005-present.


HONORS & AWARDS: AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; William Reese Smith, Jr., Pro Bono Award, 1997; Boston College Law School: Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Lyne, Woodworth and Evarts Award for most outstanding contribution to any law school publication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Valedictorian of School of Management, Rensselaer Medal of Honor scholarship, Wall Street Journal Award for outstanding management student, Management Honor Society.


PUBLICATIONS: Numerous publications including Palmer, William D., "Top Ten Lapses of Professionalism in Appellate Practice," Orange County Bar Brief, 2002; Palmer, William D., "Chapter 11: Miracle Sisters from Romania", Welcome Home! An International and Nontraditional Adoption Reader, The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2002; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., "Dealing with Visitation Problems", Orange County Bar Briefs, 2000; Thompson, Patricia H., DeVaney, Donna Brooks, Camp, John A., and Palmer, William D., "Chapter 8: Consumer and Customer Disputes", Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator's Handbook, ABA Section of Litigation, 2000; Palmer, William D., Professionalism: A Way of Life, Not a Set of Rules, Orange County Bar Briefs, 2000; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., "Visitation Violations", Focus on the Family Single-Parent Family, 2000; Palmer, William D., Determining the Best Interest of the Child: The Resolution of Name Disputes in Paternity Actions, The Florida Bar Journal, 1999; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., Blending One Big Happy Family, Family Advocate, 1998; Palmer, William D. and Jontz, Jeffery, Changes in Florida Law Can Impact Non-compete Clauses, Orlando Business Journal, 1998; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., Family Mediation: Good for Clients, Good for Lawyers, The Compleat Lawyer, 1996; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., The Family Puzzle - Putting the Pieces Together: A Guide to Parenting the Blended Family, Pinon Press, 1996; Palmer, William D., "Arbitration and Med-Arb: Two Alternative Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods", Family Law Commentator, 1996; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., "Family Mediation" chapter, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Florida II, Florida Bar Publication, 1995; Palmer, William D., "A Jury Trial Primer for Family Practitioners", Family Law Commentator, 1994.