Before he became a judge, Canady had experience as an attorney and a politician.
He had about 15 years of experience as an attorney. He has never tried a case to completion. For the first 13 years, he practiced real estate law in private firms.
Canady held a political office twice and ran unsuccessfully twice. When he started his political career, he ran as a Democrat, then he switched to the Republican Party.
After retiring from politics, he returned to law. He was General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. In this role, he acted as legal advisor, supervising the department's litigation in state and federal courts around the country. He left the role after about 2 years, when Governor Bush appointed him to be judge.
Before starting his legal career, he was a summer associate at two law firms.
In 2018, he was on President Trump's list of potential candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. He was on the Board of Directors of Care Net (1996 -2000) and HUG (Home for Unwed Girls, 1980s).
This judge is a member of the Federalist Society.
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* Appointed instead of running for election because of a vacancy between election cycles.