Judge Harvey Jay was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in
February of 2016 by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to this appointment,
Judge Jay served as a circuit judge in Duval County, having been appointed
to that position in 2011.
During his tenure as a circuit judge, Judge Jay served in the family and
civil divisions of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. As a trial judge, he
presided over numerous bench and jury trials and conducted hundreds of
evidentiary hearings involving petitions for protective injunctions.
In 2015, Judge Jay received the Jurist of the Year Award from the
Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Judge Jay was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He received
his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his law degree from the
University of Florida. He is married and has two daughters.
Before taking the bench, Judge Jay was an equity partner at the law firm of
Saalfield Shad where he provided trial and appellate representation to
parties involved in complex litigation. As a civil trial lawyer for
over twenty years, Judge Jay tried a broad spectrum of cases including
actions for medical malpractice, false arrest, maritime negligence, and
wrongful death. He also represented hospitals, physicians, and nurses
in administrative proceedings. While practicing law, he received an AV
Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating for legal
knowledge and ethics.