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Judge James O. Shelfer

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Judicial Assistant Ina Hawkins

Judicial Biography

» Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit: 2009 - Present

» Leon County Judge, Second Judicial Circuit: 2001 - 2009

Judicial Assignments

» Circuit Civil Trials and Civil Hearings


» Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg Campus
    J.D., 1974

» Stetson University
   B.A., Lambda Chi Alpha, 1971


» Associate at Cotton, Shivers, Gwynn and Daniel

» Sole practitioner: 1976 to 1978

» Co-founded Gardner, Shelfer, Duggar, Bist and Weiner, P.A.: 1978 to 2001

» Mixture of civil litigation and an office transactional practice specializing in mediation and arbitration

» Rated "AV" in Martindale Hubbell

Professional Activities

» Florida Bar Board Certified in the practice area of real property

» Florida Supreme Court certified as a Circuit Court Mediator

» American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators Member

» Past-Chairman of the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund Board of Directors

» Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee member and past-chairman

» Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

» Turn About, Inc. former member of the Board of Directors

» President of the Tallahassee Bar Association: 1999

» William H. Stafford American Inns of Court

» Florida Conference of County Judges

» Civil Rules Committee

» Past-Chairman of the Single Tier/Concurrent Jurisdiction Committees

» Co-chair of the Legislative Committee

Community Involvement

» Florida Bar "Bridge-the-Gap" and "Practicing with Professionalism" lecturer

» Florida Bar Speakers’ Bureau

» Guest speaker: FSU Student Bar Association,Leon County Association of Landlords, the Second Judicial   Circuit Defense,Lawyers Association, and numerous civic organizations

» Visiting judge for FSU’s Moot Court Team Competition

» Adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, teaching Real Estate Transfers. and "Law   School for Laymen"

Personal Information

» Born in Quincy on February 5, 1949, and grew up in Havana, FL

» Married for 40 years to Kathy

» 1971 graduate of Stetson (Alpha Xi Delta)

» Father of twin sons and grandfather of two.