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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

(850) 488-6151 clerk's office

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Chief Judge Bradford (Brad) L. Thomas



Birthdate:              January 11, 1954

Birthplace:            Jacksonville, Florida

Spouse:                  Susan Ann Cox, Gainesville, married 1982

Children:               One



J.D. (with Honors), University of Florida College of Law, 1982;

B.A., Florida State University, 1977


Offices and Positions:  

Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2005, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush

Public Safety Policy Coordinator, Executive Office of  the Governor, 1999-2005

Council Director, Florida House of Representatives Justice Council, 1997-1999

 Staff Director, Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, 1996-1997

Assistant State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit, State of Florida, 1991-1996

Assistant General Counsel, Florida Parole Commission, 1989-1991

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division, 1987-1989

Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, 1984-1987

Private practice, Big Pine Key, FL, 1984

Assistant Director, Appellate Advocacy Program, University of Florida College of Law, 1982-1984



Member, Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, 2005-2010

Member, Appellate Education Committee, 2007-2011


Legal Publications:

“Restricting State Prisoners’ Due Process Rights: The Supreme Court Demonstrates Its Loyalty to Judicial Restraint,” Cumberland Law Review, 1991.

 “The Proper Standard of Appellate Review of Circumstantial Criminal Convictions,” Florida Bar Journal, June, 1988.


 Awards and Recognition:

2000--Prosecuting Attorneys Association, “Criminal Justice Service Award”

1999--Florida Sheriffs Association, “Special Recognition Award”


Associations and Affiliations:

The Florida Bar; William Stafford Tallahassee Inn of Court (1995-2008); First District Appellate American Inn of Court (2008-2016).




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