Chief Judge Jonathan D. Gerber

Chief Justice Jonathan D. Gerber

Degrees:

  • Princeton University, B.A. cum laude, 1990
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. with Honors, 1993 
    • Florida Law Review, 1991-93 (Senior Notes and Comments Editor, 1993)
    • University of Florida Trial Team, 1991-93 (President, 1993; Outstanding Senior, 1993; Most Valuable Member, 1993; Best Advocate, 1991)
    • Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary (inducted 1993)
    • Book Award in Jurisprudence, 1990

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2009-present (Chief Judge, 2017-present)
  • Circuit Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 2004-2009 (Criminal Division, 2008-2009; Civil Division, 2004-2008; Administrative Judge, Civil Division, 2008; Appellate Division Supervisor, 2005-2007)
  • County Judge, Palm Beach County, 2002-2004 (Civil Division, 2004; Criminal Division, 2002-2003)
  • Shutts & Bowen LLP, West Palm Beach, 1994-2001 (Partner 2001-2002, Associate 1994-2001)
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Palm Beach, Associate (1993-1994)
  • State Attorney’s Office, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Internship (1993)
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Palm Beach, Summer Associate (1992)
  • Hon. Frederick Smith, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Internship (1991)

Honors & Awards:

  • “Jurist of the Year,” South Palm Beach County Bar Association (2009)
  • “Jurist of the Year,” Palm Beach County Bar Association North County Section (2008)
  • “Jurist of the Year,” Palm Beach County Justice Association (2007)
  • President’s Award, Leadership Palm Beach County (2000)
  • Pro Bono Award, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (1999)

Judicial & Bar Activities:

  • Supreme Court Judicial Management Council (2012-present)
  • Supreme Court Long Range Strategic Plan Workgroup (Chair, 2014-2016)
  • Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 2009-2015 (Chair 2012-2013)
  • Supreme Court Code of Judicial Conduct Workgroup (Chair, 2017)
  • Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases, 2007-2013 (Chair 2011-2013)
  • Supreme Court Unified Judicial Compensation Committee (2017-present)
  • Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges (President, Sept. 6, 2018-present)
  • District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, 2015-present (Chair, 2017-present)
  • District Court of Appeal Education Committee, 2009-2012 (Chair 2011-2012)
  • Florida Judicial College New Appellate Judges Program Faculty, 2010-present (Dean 2011-present)
  • Florida Judicial College New Trial Judges Program Faculty, 2011 & 2013-present (Trial Skills Chair, 2016-present)
  • Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies Faculty (2009)
  • Florida Court Education Publications Committee (2011-2014)
  • Florida Court Education Council (2011-2012)
  • Justice Teaching Faculty, 2007-present (District Chair, 2011-2014) 
    • A.W. Dreyfoos High School, AP American Government (2010-present)
    • L.C. Swain Middle School (2014-present)
    • Bak Middle School (2007-2013)
  • Justice Teaching Institute Faculty (2012)
  • Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Faculty (2007-2012)
  • University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council (2011-2013)
  • Co-Coordinator, Judge Marvin Mounts Statewide Prison Tour (2003-present)
  • American Inns of Court, Palm Beach County (President, 2004-2005)
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Palm Beach County, 1999-2002 (Chair 2001-2002)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association (1993-present)
    • Young Lawyers Section President (2001-02)
    • Criminal Practice Advisory Committee (2002-2004)
    • Appellate Practice Committee (2001-2002)
    • Bench-Bar Conference (Chair, 1998)
    • Law Week Committee (Chair, 1997)
    • Judicial Relations Committee (1994-2009)
    • Circuit Court Advisory Committee (1997-2002)
    • Commercial Litigation Continuing Legal Education Committee (1994-1997)
  • Martin County Bar Association (2009-present) 
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors (1999-2002)
  • Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Court System Task Force (2003-2006)
  • Palm Beach Community College Legal Assistants’ Business Partnership Council (2003-2006)
  • Florida Legal Assistants Certification Instructor (2001)
  • Palm Beach County Youth Court advisor (1997-98, 2001-2009)
  • Lake Worth High School mock trial team advisor (1996-98)
  • Law Week mock trials author and advisor (1994-2014)

Recent Lectures and Speeches:

  • "Appellate Writing: Making Great Writers Better,” Florida Judicial College New Appellate Judges Program (annually 2010-present)
  • "Oral Argument: Purposes and Professionalism," Florida Judicial College New Appellate Judges Program (annually 2010-present)
  • Town Hall meetings, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Bartow, Lake City, and Panama City (2016), as Chair of the Supreme Court Long Range Strategic Plan Workgroup, to solicit public input for the judicial branch’s 2016-2021 Long Range Strategic Plan
  • Judicial Campaign Conduct Forums, Palm Beach and Broward counties (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018), as Chair and member of the Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Team Leader, Florida Judicial College Trial Skills Program (2013-present)
  • "Judicial Writing,” Florida Judicial College Advanced Judicial Studies (2016)
  • “Making the Record and Staying in Your Lane” panelist, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Annual Education Meeting (2018)

Other Civic Activities:

  • Leadership Palm Beach County, 1998-2001 (General Counsel, 1999-2001; Adult Program Co-Chair, 1999-2000)
  • Palm Beach County Zoning Board of Adjustment, Alternate At-Large (2000-2002)
  • Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Young Leadership Division Board of Directors (1995-97)
  • Princeton Alumni Association of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (President, 1998-2001)
  • Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce (1999-2002)
  • Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (1995-2002)
  • United Way of Palm Beach County Community Investment Review Team (2000)
  • Florida History Center & Museum Board of Directors (1999-2000)
  • Roger Dean Stadium Advisory Board (1999-2009)
  • Café Joshua, Table Companion Volunteer (1999-2002)
  • Forum Club of the Palm Beaches (2000-present)

Chambers Staff:

  • Judicial Assistant: Randy Quinto
  • Law Clerk: Stephanie Toledo
  • Law Clerk: Kathryn Valois