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Claudia R. Isom


Year elected to the bench: 

Elected to the bench: 1990

Service Commenced: January 1991



Family Law

Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Dependency
General Civil Division Civil Trial Division
East Division
Probate, Guardianship & Trust Division

Circuit Civil Division



B.S., University of Iowa, 1972; J.D. Florida State University, 1975. Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, 1979-1982; District VI Legal Counsel, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, 1984-1986; Shareholder, Isom and Isom-Rickert, P.A., 1986-1990. Currently assigned to Division D, Circuit Civil. Other legal experience includes service as a Juvenile Arbitrator; Circuit Civil Mediator; General Master for the 13th Judicial Circuit Family Law Division; and Program Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program.



Member of Florida Bar (1975); United States Supreme Court (1989); USDC Middle District of Florida (1975); USDC Northern District of Florida (1981); USCA Fifth District (1981); USCA 11th District (1981). Professional organization memberships include: Hillsborough County Bar Association; Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers; George Edgecomb Bar Association; Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and League of Women Voters.



Married since 1973 to attorney Woody Isom, four children and four grandchildren. Hobbies and interests include hiking, reading and volunteering in youth-related activities. D/O/B 11/13/51, Waterloo, Iowa. Other previous work experience includes legislative secretary to the Hon. Adrian Brinck, Iowa State Representative.



Judge Isom is a founding member of the Tampa Bay Inn of Court and previously served as the Inn’s president from 1999 to 2000; she was a member of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism and served as the committee’s vice-chair from 1998 – 1999 and 2001 – 2002 and as its chair from 1999-2000.  She was a member of the Florida Bar Committee on the Rules of Judicial Administration and served as its vice-chair from 2002 – 2004 and its chair from 2004 – 2005. She is a former member of the Florida Bar Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.  Judge Isom is a current member of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee and the vice-chair of the Supreme Court of Florida’s Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity.