Judge Martha C. Warner

Judge Martha C. Warner


  • The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971
  • University of Chicago Law School, 1971-72
  • University of Florida School of Law, J.D. with high honors, 1974
  • University of Virginia, Master of Laws in the Judicial Process, LL.M. received May 1995

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July 1, 1999-June 30, 2001
  • Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1989-present
  • Circuit Court Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, 1986-88
  • Private Practice, 1974-85.

Honors & Awards:

  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section James C. Adkins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Field of Appellate Practice, 2010
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Chief Justice’s Award of Excellence, 2006
  • Outstanding Jurist of 1992, Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado College
  • Phi Kappa Phi, honorary social science fraternity
  • Order of the Coif, University of Florida Law School
  • Member of the Editorial Board, University of Florida Law Review

Judicial & Bar Activities:


  • President, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges (2008-2009)
  • Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, 1998-2016, Chair 1998-2008
  • Member, Supreme Court Electronic Filing Committee, 2003-2010
  • Co-Chair, Florida Court Education Council, 2002-2006
  • Member, Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, 2000-2006
  • Member, Committee on Trial Court Performance and Accountability, 1999-2002
  • Chair, Florida Legislative Committee on Legislative Reform of Judicial Administration, 1998
  • Chair, FCEC Special Committee on Evaluation and Administration of Florida’s Judicial Education Programs, 1998
  • Member, Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instruction Committee, 1987-1998
  • Faculty Member, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 1992-2004
  • Member, Appellate Judges Conference Education Committee, 1992-1999
  • Member, Appellate Rules Committee, The Florida Bar, 1990-1993
  • Member, Florida Court Education Council’s Publication Committee, 2001-2010 
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1974


  • Chair, Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association (2009-2010)
  • Chair, 2007 AJEI National Education Conference
  • Member, Executive Committee of ABA Appellate Judges Conference and Board of Directors of the Appellate Judges Educational Institute (AJEI) 2005-2011
  • Editor, Appellate Judges Section of ABA Judicial Division Record, 2003-2005
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Education, 2000-2003
  • Member, Planning Committee for ABA Compleat Appellate Judge Seminar, 2000-2002
  • Chair, ABA Oversight Committee for University of Virginia Master of Laws in the Judicial Process Program, 1999-2000
  • Lecturer, ABA Conference of Chief Judges of Intermediate Appellate Courts, 1995
  • Participant, University of Memphis Leadership Institute in Judicial Education

Other Civic Activities:

  • Member, Arts Foundation Board, 2007-2009
  • Board of Directors, Martin County Council for the Arts, 1996 to 1999
  • Chair of 1997, 1998 and 1999 High School Juried Art Shows
  • American Heart Association, Board of Directors, Martin County Unit, 1982-1989
  • Co-Chair, American Heart Association Heart Ball, 1983
  • Board of Directors, Presbyterian Early Learning School, 1981-1987, Chair of Board
  • Choir member, Stuart Congregational Church  

Articles & Publications:

Warner and Henley, "Is Big Bad? Timeliness and Consistency on Large State Appellate Courts,"  ABA Judges’ Journal, Fall 2005,  Vol. 44 No. 4, at 36-41; Warner, Beuttenmuller and Wagenknect-Ivey, "A quality Improvement Project in Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal," ABA Judges' Journal, Spring 2002, Vol. 41 No. 2, at 16-21; "Anders in the Fifty States: Some Appellants' Equal Protection is More Equal than Others," Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 23:3(1995);

Chambers Staff:

  • Judicial Assistant: Leslie Baltunado
  • Career Attorney: Judith Kolich
  • Career Attorney: Helen McAfee