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Richard A. Nielsen

Judicial Biography

2000 – Appointed to the Circuit Court bench (Appointment by Governor Jeb Bush)

2003 – Elected Circuit Court

2009 & 2015 – Re-elected Circuit Court


Current Assignment:

General Circuit Civil- Division F

Past Assignments: 

Complex Business Litigation

General Civil

Juvenile Delinquency

Family Law


Law School: J.D., University of Florida (1973)

Law Review Editor

Undergraduate: University of New Mexico (1971)

B.A., History & General Studies, cum laude


The Florida Bar (1973–present) (Trial Lawyers Section, Business Law Section)

Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee (2007–2013) - Chairman 2012–2013

Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (2013–present)

Board Certified Florida Civil Trial Lawyer (1994–1999)

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee – Co-chairman 2008–2012     
The Hillsborough County Bar Association (Technology and Professional Courtesy Committees)
Tampa Bay Inn of Court (Judge Master)(1992–present) (President, 2003–2004)

Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges

Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies

Civil Department Head (2006–2008); Instructor (2002–2008)


United States Supreme Court

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida