Judge Darryl C. Casanueva
Judge Casanueva attended the University of South Florida, where he received his B.A. degree in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1976. While at Loyola, he was a member of the International Moot Court Team. In 2001 he received his Masters of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.
Following law school, he served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit from December 1976 through June 1978. He then entered private practice and became a partner in the Port Charlotte law firm of Olmsted, Schwarz, Kahle & Casanueva. In 1990 he was elected circuit court judge and served primarily in Punta Gorda from January 8, 1991, through February 16, 1998, when he was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal where he has served since. Judge Casanueva served as the court's chief judge from July 2009 through June 2011. From 2016-2017 Judge Casanueva served as President of the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges.
While in private practice, Judge Casanueva served in various offices of the Charlotte County Bar Association, including president and chair of the Law Day Committee. Since joining the judiciary, he has served in a number of capacities including: on the Education Program Committee for the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, initially as a member and later as chair (2002-06); as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases (2005-09); and as a faculty member of the Florida Judicial College, Phase I, and as a faculty member of the Florida Judicial College Appellate Program (2007 to present). He has also been a presenter at legal educational seminars. In 2000 the Lee County Bar Association honored him with the Liberty Bell Award.
His prior civic activities included service as president of the Port Charlotte Rotary Club; member of the Arts & Humanities Council; committee member of the Charlotte County Constitution Bicentennial Committee; member of the Mote Marine Advisory Committee; member of the board of directors of St. Joseph/Bon Secours Foundation; member of the board of directors of the University of South Florida Law Alumni Society; and coach of youth baseball and soccer. Judge Casanueva has taught, as an adjunct professor at Edison Community College (now known as Florida Southwestern State College), the subjects of American National Government, American State and Local Government, and Constitutional Law. He and his wife endowed a scholarship there for Charlotte County students.
Judge Casanueva is married, and has two sons, and two grandchildren. He is a native Floridian.