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Chief Judge Brian D. Lambert

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About this Court Position

Candidate Background

Judicial Background

  • 2014 - present: Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott. In 2016, he won the retention vote by 68.85%. He is serving as Chief Judge, a rotating position on the Court.
  • 2000 - 2014: Circuit Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.* He spent over a decade on the Circuit Court Appellate Panel. He ran unopposed in the 2002 and 2008 elections. He also served temporarily on the higher-ranking 5th District Court of Appeal several times.

Additional Background

Before he became a judge, Lambert had about 20 years of experience as a private practice attorney. In that time, he argued 25-30 jury trials, 40-50 non-jury trials, and 1 case for administrative bodies (government agencies) to completion. He spent the first 10 years mainly specializing in civil and probate cases, along with some criminal and domestic relations. After that he created his own firm, where he mostly worked in insurance defense, with some construction litigation.

This judge is a member of the Federalist Society.

Expected Retirement


This judge is a textualist, who uses an interpretation of the Constitution that is advocated by the Federalist Society.

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* Appointed instead of running for election because of a vacancy between election cycles.