Judge Brian D. Lambert

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Candidate Background

Judicial experience


Retired or Appointed Elsewhere


Expected Retirement

2014 - present

Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott. He won the retention vote in 2022 (69.3%) and 2016 (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 2008 and 2002 elections. He also served temporarily on the higher-ranking 5th District Court of Appeal several times.

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

legal experience

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.

political experience

other relevant tidbits

This judge is a member of the Federalist Society.

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

additional Resources

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