Judge J. Andrew Atkinson
J. Andrew "Drew" Atkinson received a B.A. from Florida State University and a J.D. with honors from Nova Southeastern University. He began his legal career at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, working in the Criminal Appeals Division before serving as a Deputy Solicitor General. After clerking for the Honorable Melanie G. May of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, he served as Assistant General Counsel to the Governor before entering private practice at a statewide law firm. He later served as General Counsel for both the Florida Department of State and the Florida Department of Management Services. He was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in 2018.
Judge Atkinson is a veteran of the United States Army. He was born in Gainesville and raised in Bradenton, where he graduated from Manatee High School. He is a member of the William Reece Smith, Jr., Litigation Inn of Court.