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Former Judge Richard B. Orfinger

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Candidate Background

Judicial Background

He retired in January 2021.

  • 2000 - 2021: Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2014, he won the retention vote in by 70.9%. Held the two-year position of Chief Judge (2011-2013).
  • 1991 - 2000: Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed.* In 1996, he was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to be acting Chief Judge, followed by a full two-year term as Chief Judge the next year.

* Appointment due to a vacancy, this role is normally filled through an election.

Additional Background

Judge Orfinger started his career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Felony Division. He then spent 12 years at the same firm, practicing corporate, commercial and health care law. As a judge, he played a part in creating the 7th Circuit's Committee on Professionalism (1997). He has also taught at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies.

Note: His father, Melvin Orfinger, was one of the first judges of the 5th District Court of Appeal. His brother, Michael S Orfinger, is also a judge in Florida. They will show up in a search, so be sure to check it is Richard.

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