James Carriger Paine

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James Carriger Paine (May 20, 1924 - March 7, 2010) was an American lawyer and judge.

Paine was born in 1924 in Valdosta, Georgia. His family moved to Palm Beach County in his childhood. Paine graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1941. He received an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1943.

Paine joined the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946 and served in the Aleutian Islands on a fleet tugboat, taking part in salvage, diving, target towing, and combat actions during the bombardment of the Kurile Islands. After returning to the United States, Paine received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia Business School in 1947 and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1950.

Paine was in private practice in West Palm Beach from 1950 to 1979. President Jimmy Carter nominated Paine to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on July 12, 1979, to the new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on October 4, 1979, he received commission on October 5, 1979.

While a judge on the district court, Paine presided over several notable cases, including

Paine assumed senior status on May 20, 1992. Service terminated on March 7, 2010, due to death at the age of 85.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1979–1992
Succeeded by
Daniel T. K. Hurley