Judge Robert J. Pleus, Jr.

Birthplace: Orlando, FL

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.

Honors & Awards:

  • Ordained Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church;
  • Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence, 1994

Judicial & Bar 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