Charles Alan Lawson, known professionally as Alan Lawson, (born May 12, 1961) is an attorney and jurist from Florida. He has served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida since 2017, when he was appointed by Governor Rick Scott. He previously was a judge on the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Alan Lawson
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Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
Assumed office
December 31, 2016
Nominated byFlorida Judicial Nominating Commission
Appointed byGovernor Rick Scott
Preceded byJames E. C. Perry
Judge of the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
In office
2005–2016
Nominated byFlorida Judicial Nominating Commission
Appointed byGovernor Jeb Bush
Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
In office
2002–2005
Personal details
Born (1961-05-12) May 12, 1961 (age 58)
Lakeland, Florida
Alma materTallahassee Community College (A.A.)
Clemson University (B.S.)
Florida State University College of Law (J.D.)

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BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Lawson was born on May 12, 1961, in Lakeland, Florida. He received an Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1981 from Tallahassee Community College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in 1983 from Clemson University. He received a Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif and summa cum laude, in 1987 from Florida State University College of Law.[1][2][3]

CareerEdit

He served as an associate and partner at the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis, Miami and Tallahassee, Florida, from 1987 to 1995. He served as general counsel at Verses Wear, Inc., in 1996. He served as an Assistant County Attorney, Orange County, Florida, from 1997 to 2001. He served as a Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, from 2002 to 2005. He served as a Judge of the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal from 2005 to 2016 and served as Chief Judge of that Court from 2015 to 2016.[1][2]

Florida Supreme Court serviceEdit

On December 16, 2016, Governor Rick Scott appointed Lawson to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida, to the seat vacated by Justice James E. C. Perry, who retired on December 30, 2016. He was previously nominated by the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission. His appointment became effective on December 31, 2016.[1][2][4]

Lawson was retained for a full six year term on November 6, 2018.[5] He will face additional retention elections on November 5, 2024 and November 5, 2030. If he is retained he would be able to serve until May 12, 2036, his seventy-fifth birthday. Lawson previously would have been required to retire on his seventieth birthday, but due to the passage of Florida Amendment 6 concurrently with Lawson's retention, the mandatory retirement age for Florida Judges was raised to seventy-five.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Honorable C. Alan Lawson". www.5dca.org.
  2. ^ a b c "Justices of the Florida Supreme Court - Justice Lawson". www.floridasupremecourt.org.
  3. ^ "Marion County League of Women Voters Primary Elections Guide" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Gov. Rick Scott appoints conservative judge to Florida Supreme Court".
  5. ^ a b "Election results: Florida and Lee winners in the Nov. 6 midterm election".
  6. ^ "Justices of the Florida Supreme Court - Merit Retention". www.floridasupremecourt.org.
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Preceded by
James E. C. Perry
Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
2016–present
Incumbent