Judge Robert Morris
Judge Morris was appointed by three different Florida Governors to serve as a judge in as many courts. Prior to being appointed in 2009 to his current assignment on the Second District Court of Appeal, he was appointed to serve on the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in 2001, and the Pinellas County Court in 1997.
Beyond traditional judicial duties, his public service has included appointments by various Florida Supreme Court Chief Justices to serve on the Supreme Court Committee on Children and Families in Court (2004-2012, chair 2004-2006), the Trial Court Budget Commission (2006-2009) and the Supreme Court Judicial Management Council (2012, for a four year term). Also, in 2007, the judges of the Sixth Judicial Circuit elected him chief judge. They re-elected him chief judge in 2009. In 2012, the judges of the District Courts of Appeal elected him to serve on the Judicial Qualifications Commission for a six year term.
From 1980 to 1997, he was engaged in the practice of law. His experience as a lawyer includes being a prosecutor, a partner and state-wide management committee member in a national law firm, and the principal of his own law firm. He also served on the boards of directors of a bank and a hospital. Martindale Hubbell assigned him their preeminent rating of AV.
Throughout his career he has variously presented and produced teaching materials for the Florida Judicial College, the College of Advanced Judicial Studies, judicial conferences, continuing legal education programs, bar associations, a law school, universities, high schools and civic associations. He has also appeared on television and radio to address legal subjects.
Judge Morris graduated from Tarpon Springs (FL) High School in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 1975. In 1980, he was conferred the Juris Doctor by DePaul University and became a member of the Florida Bar.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1953, he married his high school classmate in 1976. They have three adult children.