Former Justice Alan Lawson

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Candidate Background

Judicial experience


Retired or Appointed Elsewhere


Expected Retirement

2016 - 2022

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%.

2002 - 2005

Circuit Judge, 9th Judicial Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.*

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

legal experience

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).

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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