Gerald Bard Tjoflat

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Gerald Tjoflat
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 1, 1981
Preceded by Seat established
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1989 – September 20, 1996
Preceded by Paul Roney
Succeeded by Joseph Hatchett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
November 21, 1975 – October 1, 1981
Appointed by Gerald Ford
Preceded by John Simpson
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In office
October 16, 1970 – November 21, 1975
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Howell Melton
Personal details
Born (1929-12-06) December 6, 1929 (age 84)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia
University of Cincinnati
Duke University

Gerald Bard Tjoflat (born December 6, 1929) is an American lawyer and federal judge.[1]

Tjoflat was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, attaining the rank of corporal. Tjoflat earned his LL.B. from Duke University School of Law in 1957. He was in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 1957 to 1968 and served as a judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Jacksonville from 1968 to 1970.

President Richard M. Nixon nominated Tjoflat to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on October 7, 1970, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294. Confirmed by the Senate on October 13, 1970, he received commission three days later.

President Gerald Ford nominated Tjoflat to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on November 3, 1975, to a seat vacated by John Milton Bryan Simpson. Confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 1975, he received his commission the next day and began serving on the court on December 12, 1975. Tjoflat was reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on October 1, 1981, when that court was established. He served as chief judge from 1989 to 1996.

He is currently the longest serving federal appeals court judge still in active service, having chosen not to assume senior status despite eligibility.

Timothy J. Corrigan, a judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, served as a law clerk to Judge Tjoflat from 1981 to 1982.

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Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
1970–1975
Succeeded by
Howell Melton
Preceded by
John Simpson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1975–1981
Seat abolished
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1981–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Paul Roney
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1989–1996
Succeeded by
Joseph Hatchett