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Served as Florida Trial Judge from Feb. 1990 until Jan. 2009.


Served as General Counsel to Florida Dept. of Transportation from 1987 to 1990.


Served as Asst. Attorney General from 1984 to 1987.


Served as Asst. Public Defender from 1982 to 1984.


Attended George Mason University School of Law from 1978 to 1981.


Served as Deputy Sheriff (highest rank:  Lieutenant) from 1970 to 1978.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 80%
    34 years
  2. Arbitration: 10%
    34 years
  3. Appeals: 5%
  4. Litigation: 5%
    34 years


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Contact info

Messer, Caparello & Self, P.A.

2618 Centennial Pl
Tallahassee, FL, 323080572


FLMember in Good Standing198206/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chair, Civil Procedure Rules CommitteeThe Florida Bar2013
Member, ADR Rules and Policy CommitteeFlorida Supreme Court2013
Chair, Task Force on the Mgmt of Litigation in Complex CasesFlorida Supreme Court2008
Chair, Criminal Procedure Rules CommitteeThe Florida Bar2008
Trial Judge of the Year (Second Judicial Circuit)American Board of Trial Advocates (Florida chapter)2006
Judge Thomas Finch Law Day Speech AwardAmerican Bar Association2005
Associate Dean, Florida College of Advanced Judicial StudiesFlorida Supreme Court2005
Davis Productivity Award, County Court Annexed Mediation ProgramState of Florida - Publix Supermarkets1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Associate CounselMesser Caparello P.A.2009 - Present
Circuit JudgeState of Florida1990 - 2009
General CounselFlorida Dept Of Transportation1987 - 1990
Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorney General, Florida1987 - 1990
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of Public Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit1984 - 1987
General CounselBateman Contracting Corporation1981 - 1982
LieutenantBroward County Sheriff's Office1970 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2010 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationDispute Resolver2010 - Present
National Academy of Distinguished NeutralsMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers SectionMember2009 - Present
Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator SocietyMember2009 - Present
The Florida Bar Criminal Law SectionMember1995 - Present
The Florida Bar Administrative Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Florida Women Lawyers Association (FAWL)Member1995 - Present
Tallahassee Women LawyersMember1995 - Present
The Florida Bar Government Lawyers SectionMember1992 - Present
Tallahassee Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules CommitteeChair2013 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Conference of County Court JudgesCriminal Law Bench Book1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1981