Justice Polston has a unique background. Before working in law, he was a certified public accountant (1977-1986). He also taught accounting at FSU, Tallahassee Community College, and a federal prison.
He practiced as an attorney between 1987 and 2001. Ten of those years were spent at a law firm, before he opened a private practice. He focused mainly on commercial litigation. In his private practice, he gained attention when he chose to represent the state in the controversial “Choose Life” license plate.
Since 2003, he has been working as an adjunct professor at FSU College of Law.
He is a conservative justice and is considered a textualist.