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Judge Elizabeth Josephine Starr was appointed to this seat in 2015 by Governor Rick Scott.* She was automatically re-elected in 2016, because she was not challenged in the election.
Before becoming a judge, Starr had 16 years of experience as an attorney. She started her career in 1999 as a Prosecutor. From 2003-2004 she worked for the government as Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Financial Services where she handled fraud cases. After that, she became the Bureau Chief for the Office of the Attorney General. In this government position, she practiced complex civil litigation mostly to enforce the Florida Deceptive Unfair Trade Practices. She lead a team of attorneys and investigators and decided whether or not to go forward with cases in Central Florida. She remained in that role until being appointed to the bench.
She held 3 legal internships, 1 judicial internship, and was a Summer Associate for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement.
In a 2019 application for a position on the 5th District Court of Appeal, she reported that in 2010 a subordinate filed a formal complaint alleging misconduct on Starr's part over a performance review. The complaint against her was investigated and was not verified. (There is a discrepancy between the 2019 application and a 2015 application for the seat she now holds. In the 2015 application, she wrote it was 2 subordinates and did not list the reason.)
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- Q&A: County Judge Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements (The Florida Bar, 2022)
- Podcast Guest: Episode 43 of Legal Morse of Action (1h29m)
- Video: 2019 Court of Appeal Job Interview (30m)
- Video: 2018 Court of Appeal Job Interview (21m)
- Poll: 2017-2018 Judicial Poll Results, pg 35, 48-49 | Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CFACDL)
* Appointed instead of running for election because of a vacancy between election cycles.