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Judge Dan Traver

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About this Court Position
About this Court Position

Candidate Background

Judicial Background

  • 2019 - present: Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis.
  • 2014 - 2019: Circuit Judge, 9th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott.* Re-elected to a full term in 2016 by 52.86% of the vote. He also served temporarily on the higher-ranking 5th District Court of Appeal several times.

Additional Background

Before he became a judge, Traver had about 10 years of experience as a private practice attorney. In that time, he argued 3 jury trials, 2 non-jury trials to completion. He specialized mainly in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, including contracts, real estate, loans, malpractice, personal injury and fraud. He also handled juvenile law.

He was also a law clerk for the U.S. District Court (2001-2003) in Orlando. Before that, was a Summer Associate in a Chicago law firm.

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.