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Justice Alan Lawson

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Candidate Background

Judicial Background

  • 2016 - Present: Justice, Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott. In 2018, he won the retention vote by 71.4%.
  • 2006 - 2016: Judge, 5th District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. He won the retention vote in 2008 by 70.1% and in 2014 by 72.6%. In 2015, he held the two-year role of Chief Judge for 1 year (appointed to Supreme Court mid-term).
  • 2002 - 2005: Circuit Judge, 9th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.*

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

Additional Background

Justice Lawson started his career in private practice in 1987. He specialized in civil litigation. He left in 1995 to be able to spend more time with family. He was briefly General Counsel for a corporation (1996). Then he moved on to become Assistant County Attorney for Orange County (1997-2001). He is a conservative, textualist Justice.

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