Judge Alan C. Lawson

Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida

Spouse: Julie Carlton Lawson

Children: Two

Degrees:

  • 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 - 2016; 
  • 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

Honors & Awards:

  • 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.

Judicial & Bar 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

Other Civic Activities:

  • 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.