Chief Judge Spencer D. Levine

Chief Judge Spencer D. Levine


  • New York University, B.A. cum laude, 1979 
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 1982
  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M., 2018

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • Fourth District Court of Appeal, (2009-present), Chief Judge, (2019-present)
  • Broward Health, Chief Operating Officer, (2008-2009), Chief Compliance Officer, (2006-2008)
  • Office of the Attorney General, State of Florida, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Director, (2003-2006), Senior Chief Assistant Attorney General, (2003), Assistant Attorney General, (2002-2003), Commission Attorney, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) (2003-2004)
  • Adorno Zeder, Associate, (2001-2002) 
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, General Counsel, (1996-2000)
  • Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Assistant State Attorney (Chief of Organized Crime and Official Corruption Unit, Chief of Economic Crimes Division, Chief of a Felony Trial Division, Chief of First Appearance Division), (1987-1996)
  • Private Practice, (1982-1987)

Honors & Awards:

“Outstanding Jurist Award,” Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court, (2014-2015)

Judicial & Bar Activities:

  • Supreme Court District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, Member, (2017-present)
  • Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, Member, (2015-2018), Vice Chair, (2015-2016), Chair, (2016-2017) 
  • Supreme Court Code of Judicial Conduct Workgroup, Member, (2017) 
  • Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, Member, (2012-2014)
  • Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases, Member, (2015-2017)
  • Florida New Appellate Judges Program, Faculty, (2016-2017)
  • Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, Faculty, (2015) 
  • Gerald T. Bennet Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Faculty, (2010-2012)
  • Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges Education Committee, Member, (2012-2015), Chair (2013-2015) 
  • Florida Court Education Council, Member, (2013-2015) 
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court, Member, (2010-2015), President, (2013-2014)
  • Florida Bar Health Law Section, Executive Council, Member, (2005-2009) 
  • Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 17th Judicial Circuit, Committee “C,” Member, (2002-2003)
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit Committee “F,” Member, Chair, (1998-2000)

Other Civic Activities:

  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, (2018-present)
  • Florida International University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, (2016-2018)
  • Institute of Judicial Administration Appellate Judges Seminar, Attended, New York University School of Law, (2010) 
  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association, Judicial Director, (2010-present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, Speaker, (2008) 
  • American Bar Association, Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Faculty, (2005-2007)
  • Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Institute, Speaker, (2007) 
  • U.S. Department of Justice, National Advocacy Center, Speaker, (2006)

Articles & Publications:

  • Differing Schools of Thought: Changing Perceptions of Oral Argument, 31 St. Thomas L. Rev. 133 (2019)
  • “Judicature,” Center of Judicial Studies, Duke Law School, Member of the Board, (2016-present), Board of Editors (Winter 2017), Editor-in-Chief (Fall/Winter 2018) (Vol. 102, No. 3) 
  • Chapter in Florida Practitioner’s Health Law Handbook, (Co-author), The Florida Bar, (2007)

Chambers Staff:

  • Judicial Assistant:  Kate Simmons 
  • Career Attorney:  Sara Gershbein
  • Attorney:  Leigh Markowitz