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Manuel Menendez, Jr.


MANUEL MENENDEZ, JR has served as the Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida since July 2001. He was appointed Hillsborough County Court Judge in 1983 and one year later to the circuit bench. During his judicial tenure he has also served as an associate judge of the Second District Court of Appeal. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa and was previously engaged in the private practice of law in Jacksonville, Florida.

Judge Menendez attended the University of Florida where he received a B.A. in political science in 1969 and a J.D. with honors in 1972. During law school, he was executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He is a member of the Florida Blue Key Honorary and a charter life member of the University of Florida Alumni Association.

Judge Menendez is a recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Robert W. Patton "Outstanding Jurist" Award and has been similarly recognized by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. He has also been named "Outstanding Jurist" by The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

In 2006 his judicial colleagues elected Judge Menendez chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. He is a charter member and past president of the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, and serves on the Executive Board of the Herbert G. Goldburg Inn of Court. Judge Menendez is past president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

He has served on and chaired a number of Florida Bar and Supreme Court Committees. Currently he serves on The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Commission Procedures Committee as well as the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee. He also is the current chair of the Supreme Court’s Electronic Filing Committee and the Trial Court Technology Committee.

Judge Menendez is actively involved in continuing judicial and legal education programs. He is a member of the faculty of the Florida Judicial College, the Florida Bar Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, and the Florida Bar Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy Program.

Revised: June 02, 2008