Judge Stevan T. Northcutt

Judge Northcutt

Judge Northcutt attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he received a B.A. degree in mass communications in 1975. He earned his J.D. degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1978. 

In the early and mid-1970s Judge Northcutt worked as a journalist, both free-lance and in the employ of The Tampa Times, The Tampa Tribune, and the Washington, D.C., bureau of The Chicago Tribune.

In 1976 Judge Northcutt was awarded a Florida Legislative Fellowship, and for the next two years he served on the staff of the Florida House Judiciary Committee. From 1978 to 1986 Judge Northcutt practiced law, first as an associate and then as a partner, with the law firm of Levine, Freedman, Hirsch & Levinson, P.A., in Tampa. From 1986 to 1997 he was a shareholder in Levine, Hirsch, Segall & Northcutt, P.A., in Tampa. 

Governor Lawton Chiles, Jr., appointed Judge Northcutt to the Second District for a term beginning January 6, 1997. The voters of the district retained him in office in the general elections of 1998, 2004 and 2010. Judge Northcutt served as the Second District's chief judge from July 2007 through June 2009. During the same period, he was chair of the state's District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, which oversees the budgets of Florida's five district courts.  Judge Northcutt continues to serve on the Budget Commission, and he is a member of the chief justice's Revenue Stabilization Workgroup.  He serves on the Florida Courts Technology Commission and chairs the Appellate Courts Technology Committee.  Judge Northcutt is president-elect of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges.

Throughout his career as an attorney, Judge Northcutt concentrated his practice in the field of appellate advocacy, both civil and criminal, state and federal. He developed a statewide practice and lectured and published often on topics related to appellate practice and family law. He is a long-standing member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar. He was a charter member of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of The Florida Bar and was the first chairman of the section's Civil Appellate Practice Committee. 

Other of Judge Northcutt's professional activities have included membership in The Florida Bar Public Interest Section and the Florida Academy of Public Interest Lawyers, service on The Florida Bar's Journal-News Editorial Board, and membership on The Florida Bar's Young Lawyers' Section Legislation Committee. He is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and has served on its Family Law Section Executive Council, on its Appellate Court Liaison Committee, and in its Appellate Practice Section. Judge Northcutt is a member of the Family Law Inn of Court in Tampa.

His civic activities have included participation in the Hillsborough County Commission's Charter Review Board and its Citizen's Advisory Committee, and the Arts Council and Law Library Boards of Hillsborough County. He has served as a board member and president of Older Adult Services, Inc., of Tampa and as a board member and as chairman (1994-96) of Hospice of Hillsborough, Inc. 

Judge Northcutt was born in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1954. He has one child.