Judge Paul W. Danahy, Jr.
Judge Danahy received his B.A. degree from the University of Tampa in 1951, and later served as a member of the University's governing body, the Board of Trustees. In 1978 he was awarded the university's distinguished alumnus medal.
Judge Danahy enlisted in the Marines and the Army and served during the Korean War. Following his military service, he earned his J.D. degree from the university of Florida in 1957. he then practiced law in Tampa until 1975 when Governor Askew appointed him circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. He was elected to a full term in 1976. in 9177 he was appointed by Governor Askew to this Court. He was retained in office at the general elections of 1978, 1984, 1990, and 1996. He served as Chief Judge of this court from 1986 to 1988. He has served as an associate judge with the Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal. Judge Danahy's tenure on the court is the longest of the 34 judges how are or have been members.
Judge Danahy has completed judicial education courses and seminars sponsored by: the National Judicial College, New York University School of Law, the American Academy of Judicial Education, the American Bar Association, and the Florida conference of District court of Appeal Judges. He is a member of the Florida Bar and several local bar associations within the district. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Stetson University College of Law. His published notes and articles appear in the Florida Law review and The Florida Bar Journal.
Judge Danahy's other public service has included:Assistant Florida Attorney General; U.S. commissioner for the Middle District of Florida; Florida House of Representatives; 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; and Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.