United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
(M.D. Fla.)
Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, Tampa
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established July 30, 1962
Judges assigned 15
Chief Judge Steven Douglas Merryday
Official court website

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (in case citations, M.D. Fla.) is a federal court in the Eleventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on July 30, 1962 with parts of the Northern and Southern Districts transferring into the newly created Middle District [1]

The Acting United States Attorney for the District is W. Stephen Muldrow since March 14, 2017.[2]

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida is one of three federal judicial districts in Florida.[3] Court for the District is held at Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and Tampa.

Fort Myers Division comprises the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.

Jacksonville Division comprises the following counties: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union.

Ocala Division comprises the following counties: Citrus, Lake, Marion, and Sumter.

Orlando Division comprises the following counties: Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia.

Tampa Division comprises the following counties: Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
21 Chief Judge Steven Douglas Merryday Tampa 1950 1992–present 2015–present G.H.W. Bush
15 District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich Tampa 1936 1982–present 1996–2002 Reagan
30 District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan Jacksonville 1956 2002–present G.W. Bush
31 District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington Tampa 1955 2004–present G.W. Bush
32 District Judge Marcia Morales Howard Jacksonville 1965 2007–present G.W. Bush
33 District Judge Mary Stenson Scriven Tampa 1962 2008–present G.W. Bush
34 District Judge Charlene Honeywell Tampa 1957 2009–present Obama
35 District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. Orlando 1952 2011–present Obama
36 District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell Ft. Myers 1962 2013–present Obama
37 District Judge Brian J. Davis Jacksonville 1953 2013–present Obama
38 District Judge Paul G. Byron Orlando 1959 2014–present Obama
39 District Judge Carlos Eduardo Mendoza Orlando 1970 2014–present Obama
40 District Judge vacant
41 District Judge vacant
42 District Judge vacant
8 Senior Judge William Terrell Hodges Ocala 1934 1971–1999 1982–1989 1999–present Nixon
13 Senior Judge William J. Castagna Tampa 1924 1979–1992 1992–present Carter
16 Senior Judge G. Kendall Sharp Orlando 1934 1983–2000 2000–present Reagan
17 Senior Judge Patricia C. Fawsett Orlando 1943 1986–2008 2003–2008 2008–present Reagan
19 Senior Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger Jacksonville 1940 1991–2006 2006–present G.H.W. Bush
20 Senior Judge Anne C. Conway Orlando 1950 1991–2015 2008–2015 2015–present G.H.W. Bush
22 Senior Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Jacksonville 1945 1993–2010 2010–present Clinton
23 Senior Judge Susan C. Bucklew Tampa 1942 1993–2008 2008–present Clinton
24 Senior Judge Richard A. Lazzara Tampa 1945 1997–2011 2011–present Clinton
25 Senior Judge James D. Whittemore Tampa 1952 2000–2017 2017–present Clinton
26 Senior Judge John Antoon II Orlando 1946 2000–2013 2013–present Clinton
27 Senior Judge John E. Steele Ft. Myers 1949 2000–2015 2015–present Clinton
28 Senior Judge James S. Moody, Jr. Tampa 1947 2000–2014 2014–present Clinton
29 Senior Judge Gregory A. Presnell Orlando 1942 2000–2012 2012–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
12 John E. Steele Senior Status June 3, 2015
5 Anne C. Conway Senior Status August 1, 2015
2 James D. Whittemore Senior Status August 29, 2017

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Simpson, John Milton BryanJohn Milton Bryan Simpson FL 1903–1987 1962–1966 1962–1966 Truman, Truman appointment to 5th Cir.
2 Lieb, Joseph PatrickJoseph Patrick Lieb FL 1901–1971 1962–1971 1966–1971 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
3 McRae, WilliamWilliam McRae FL 1909–1973 1962–1973 1971–1973 Kennedy, Kennedy death
4 Young, George C.George C. Young FL 1916–2015 1961–1981 1973–1981 1981–2015 Kennedy, Kennedy death
5 Scott, Charles R.Charles R. Scott FL 1904–1983 1966–1976 1976–1983 L. Johnson, L. Johnson death
6 Krentzman, BenBen Krentzman FL 1914–1998 1967–1982 1981–1982 1982–1998 L. Johnson, L. Johnson death
7 Tjoflat, Gerald BardGerald Bard Tjoflat FL 1929–present 1970–1975 Nixon, Nixon appointment to 5th Cir.
9 Reed, Jr., John A.John A. Reed, Jr. FL 1931–2015 1973–1984 Nixon, Nixon resignation
10 Melton, Howell W.Howell W. Melton FL 1923–2015 1977–1991 1991–2015 Carter, Carter death
11 Carr, George C.George C. Carr FL 1929–1990 1977–1990 1989–1990 Carter, Carter death
12 Black, Susan H.Susan H. Black FL 1943–present 1979–1992 1990–1992 Carter, Carter appointment to 11th Cir.
14 Moore II, John H.John H. Moore II FL 1929–2013 1981–1995 1992–1995 1995–2013 Reagan, Reagan death
18 Nimmons, Jr., Ralph WilsonRalph Wilson Nimmons, Jr. FL 1938–2003 1991–2003 G.H.W. Bush, G.H.W. Bush death

Seat succession[edit]

Courthouse history[edit]

Historic Federal Courthouse in Tampa

Completed in 1908 by architect John Knox Taylor, the historic Federal courthouse in Tampa stands as the only civic building constructed in the eclectic renaissance style.[4] Initially serving as a U.S. Post Office, the courthouse moved two blocks down to its current location in 1998.[5] Congress named the court in honor of long-time Tampa representative and University of Florida Law alumni Sam Gibbons; the congressman is largely recognized as the founder of the University of South Florida.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Federal Judiciary - Federal Judicial Center". Fjc.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "W. Stephen Muldrow To Serve As Acting U.S. Attorney". Justice.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "28 U.S.C. § 89 - U.S. Code Title 28. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure § 89 - FindLaw". Codes.lp.findlaw.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "National Registry". Npgallery.nps.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Wade-Bahr, Linda H. "Official Site of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida". Flmd.uscourts.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Public Law 104-230" (PDF). Gpo.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 

External links[edit]