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The Honorable
Robert J. Pleus, Jr.

Judge Pleus

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Senior Judge


SPOUSE: Marie (Terry) Adkinson Pleus

CHILDREN: Six children, six grandchildren

DEGREES: B.A. (cum laude), Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 1957; J.D., University of Florida, 1962; Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministries, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1999.


LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Appointed to Fifth District Court of Appeal, April 1, 2000 by Governor Jeb Bush; Elected Chief Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007; Rush Reed and Marshall, 1962 - 1964; Partner, Smathers Tepper and Pleus, 1964 -1969; Shareholder, Carlton Fields,1969 -1979; Shareholder, Pleus Adams and Spears, 1979 -1995; Of Counsel, Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson, 1995 - 2000.


BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Board Certified in Real Property; Certified Mediator (circuit/civil); Member, Florida Bar Board of Governors (1970 -1972; 1976 -1981); President, The Orange County Bar, 1976; President, Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, 1972; Executive Council, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section; American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Interim Municipal Judge, City of Orlando; Mayor of Town of Windermere, 1988 -1994; Member, Windermere Town Council, 1972 -1974; Aviation Zoning Board, City of Orlando; President, Orange County Historical Society, 1995; President, Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, 1996; President of Windermere Rotary Club, 1976; President - Tri County League of Cities, 1992; Past Grand Knight & District Deputy, Knights of Columbus.

HONORS & AWARDS: Ordained Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church; Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence, 1994