You are here: Judicial Directory > Rex M. Barbas > Profile


Rex Martin Barbas


Year assigned to the bench:1997


Family Law; Domestic Violence (Temporary Assignment)
Criminal Division (Temporary Assignment)
General Civil Division "J"- Current
Juvenile (Dependency) - Previous
Juvenile (Delinquency) - Previous


Law School: Loyola University Law School
New Orleans, LA                       

J.D., 1975 

Undergraduate: Loyola University
New Orleans, LA
B.A., 1972

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Summer - 1970

High School: Jesuit High School (Diploma - 1969)
Tampa, Florida

Florida Bar - 1975
Louisiana Bar - 1975
Middle District of Florida - 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circ. - 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals-Eleventh Circuit - 1995

Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney

av (highest rating available/top 3% of all attorneys)

directory of preeminent attorneys (top 10% of all av rated attorneys)

1992-1993 Ed.

1997 Ed.


Circuit Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Tampa, Florida, January 7, 1997 to Present.
Mitcham, Weed, Barbas, Allen & Morgan now known as Barbas, Nunez, Sanders Butler and Hovsepian as 1981 to 1996.
Associate: Anderson, Thorn, Grose & Quesada 1980 - 1981
Law Offices of Frank J. Varela, Law Clerk, 1115
American Bank Bldg., New Orleans, La. 70130 (4/74 to 5/75)
Dec., 1972 published with New Orleans Magazine
Reporter for Guide Newspapers 1972, New Orleans, La.
Public Relations Officer, Inter-American Center,
1971, New Orleans, La.


University of Phoenix, Adjunct Professor, MBA program and Undergraduate Liberal Arts College, lecturer on Business Law, Creative Thinking and Critical Analysis, American History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century, Basic Philosophy, 2000 to present  

NOVA University, MBA and undergraduate programs, Adjunct on Business Law and Ethics, 2003 to present

University of Tampa, adjunct professor, honors seminar course on Search and Seizure, Advance Judicial College, lecturer on Search and Seizure, Criminal Fundamentals and Civil Fundamentals, Judicial Disqualification, and Issues on Jury Selection, 2001 to present (see details below)

University of South Florida, Dept. of Criminal Justice, Adjunct on criminal law and search warrants

Hillsborough Community College, Adjunct on business law, 1977

Fire Marshals and Police Academies, lecturer on search warrants preparation and execution 1977, 1978 and 1979

Loyola University, Law School teaching fellow in legal research and writing, 1975
Loyola University undergraduate, student assistant in photography, 1971, 1972


Florida Bar Association - Criminal Law Section
American Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Trial Lawyers Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Family Law Inn of Tampa Bay, Vice President (98-99), President (99-2000)

Masonic Hillsborough Lodge #25
Scottish Rite 32
Egypt Temple Shrine
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
        Member - Board of Directors 1984
Academy of the Holy Names Dad’s Club
        Member: Board of Directors 1988- to present
        President: 1990-91
Rough Riders
        Member Board of Directors 1984 to present
        Treasurer - 1986
        Secretary - 1987
        Second V.P. - 1988
        First V.P. -1989
        President -1990
        Chairman of the Board - 1990-91
Jesuit High School
        Member: Foundation Board-1993 to 2003

Jesuit High School Alumni Association
        President 1993 to 1997
        Alumni Class Representative 2000 to present

St. Mary Catholic Church
        Parishioner 1988 to present
        Pastoral Council 2002-present
                V-P 2002-03

1974 – 1975 
Law clerk for Frank J. Varela, attorney, doing legal research.

1975 - 1980
Assistant State Attorney. Assigned to the following division: TRAFFIC- Prepared and tried criminal traffic violations, such as DWI, leaving the scene of and accident, driving under suspended license and others. MISDEMEANOR - Prepared and tried misdemeanor cases, which included petty theft, housing violation and welfare fraud, among others.FELONY - Investigated, filed, did legal preparation and tried in excess of forty cases. 
These cases have included murder, robbery, burglary, sexual battery and other felonies. SPECIAL PROSECUTION - During the period of assignment to the felony division I was assigned investigations and filed cases dealing with economic white collar crime and homicides. Cases included security frauds, bank frauds, land frauds and con games involving the consumer public. In 1979 I was appointed Assistant Chief of Special Prosecutions dealing strictly in economic and white collar crimes.

1979, 1980 
I taught a course entitled Legal Foundations of the Criminal Justice System, at the University of South Florida. This course is an overview of the court systems and in-depth studies of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eight Amendments to the United States Constitution. Additionally, I taught a senior seminar at the University of South Florida relating to Search and Seizure.
1976 - 1980 
I taught the preparation and execution of search warrants at the Tampa Police Academy.

The law firm of Anderson, Thorn, Grose & Quesada, P.A. in the areas of criminal law, personal injury and wrongful death and corporations and business.
1981 - 1996 
Founding partner: Mitcham, Weed, Barbas, Allen & Morgan, predecessor to the present firm of Barbas, Weed, Glenn, Morgan & Wheeley; Managing Partner, 1981 - 1983, inclusive, and 1991 to 1995, inclusive. From 1981 to 1986 areas of concentration were in the areas of criminal law, real estate and related business litigation law, and personal injury and wrongful death. From 1986 to 1997 areas of concentration have been in the areas of complex civil and criminal litigation including security fraud, bank fraud, murder, contract, real estate, construction litigation and professional malpractice.
1997 - May 1, 2000 
Circuit Judge in and for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Assigned to the Family Law Division. 
Temporary assignments to the Domestic Violence Division, Criminal Division and General Civil Divisions.
May 1, 2000 – April 30, 2005 
Criminal Law Division (Felonies and Capital Crimes) May1, 2005 to July 19, 2007 General Civil Division.
July 19, 2007 to present 
Unified Family---Dependency Court.

Spanish and English 

Judge Barbas graduated from Jesuit High School in 1969. He attended and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.A. in 1972 and a J.D. in 1975. He graduated law review and in the top 10%. He was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award given by the faculty and law review editorial board. In 1975 he joined the State Attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida, where he eventually prosecuted First Degree Murder cases and held the position of White Collar Crime Division Chief. In 1980 Judge Barbas went into private practice. In 1982 he was a founding partner of Mitcham, Weed and Barbas, now known as Barbas, Nunez, Sanders and Butler. While in private practice Judge Barbas tried cases in state and federal court involving complex civil and criminal cases. Judge Barbas is Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. He has been listed in MARTINDALE-HUBBELL with an av rating (the top 7% of rated attorneys), the MARTINDALE-HUBBELL directory of preeminent attorneys (the top 1% of all rated attorneys), WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW, 1992-1993 Ed. and WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD, 1997 Ed.. In 1996 Judge Barbas was elected a Circuit Judge. He has been assigned to the Family, Criminal , General Civil and Dependency divisions of the court. Judge Barbas has lectured for the Florida Bar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Florida Circuit Judges Conferences and the Advance College of Judicial Studies and Fire Marshals and Police Academies. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, the University of Phoenix and NOVA Southeast University in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions.