Judge Dan Traver

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Candidate Background

Judicial experience


Retired or Appointed Elsewhere


Expected Retirement

2023 - present

Judge, 6th District Court of Appeal. Transferred from the 5th District Court of Appeal.

2019 - 2022

Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis. He won the retention vote in 2022 (67.3%).

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 as a visiting judge 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, 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.

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.

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