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Elizabeth G. Rice



Year Assigned to the Bench: 

2005 – County Court (Elected 2004)
2009 – Circuit Court (Appointed 2009)
2010 – Elected
2016 – Elected (without opposition)


Admitted to Practice:

Florida Bar - May 24, 1990



University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida (J.D. 1989)

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (B.S. in Geology 1986)



Circuit Judge

-Adult Drug “Recovery Court”, Felony Division “Y” (January 2020-present)
-Drug Pre-trial Intervention Program Court, Felony Division “W” (January 2021-present)
-Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Juvenile Division “E” (January 2020-present)
-Circuit Civil, Division “C” (January 2015-January 2020)
-Juvenile Dependency, Division “C” (August 2013-January 2015)
-Juvenile Delinquency, Division “A” (January 2012-August 2013)
-Family Law, Division “F” (January 2010-January 2012)


County Judge

-County Criminal, Division “G” (January 2007-January 2010)

-Family Law, Division “B” (April 2006-January 2007)

-County Civil, Division “J” (January 2005-April 2006)


Associate Judge, Second District Court of Appeal (Bartow HMA, LLC v. Kirkland, 146 So. 3d 1213 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)


Professional Associations/Activities (Legal)

Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (2007-12, 2014-present)

-Advisory Board (2016-19)

-10th Annual Gala Committee (2016)


Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (1990-present)

-Board of Directors (2008-12)

-Pro Bono Committee (2002-04)

-Pro Bono Committee/Domestic Violence Courthouse Project Volunteer (2002-04)


Tampa Bay Catholic Lawyers Guild (2000-present)

Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals (2020)

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (2020)


Florida Bar (1990-present)

-Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2000-04)

    Bar Subcommittee (2002-03)

    Budget Committee (2002-03)

    Judicial Subcommittee (2000-02)

    Ex-Officio (2003-04)

-Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Business Law Section (1992-2004)

-Continuing Legal Education (2002-04)

-Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the 2001 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards (2000-01)

-Long Range Planning Committee (2001-02)

-Special Commission on Multidisciplinary Practices and Ancillary Businesses (2000-02)

-The Florida Bar Attorneys Charitable Trust (Director, 2001-02)

-SCOPE (Seek Counsel of Professional Experience) Volunteer Panel Attorney (1996-2004)


Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section (2017-present)

-Executive Council Judicial Liaison (June 2017-June 2019)

-Executive Council Discovery Handbook Committee (June 2017-June 2019)

-Executive Council Chester Bedell Mock Trial Committee (June 2018-January 2020)

-Executive Council Professionalism Guidelines Committee (June 2017-June 2019)


Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (1995-2002)

-President (2001-02)

-Executive Committee (1997-2002)

-Practicing with Professionalism (f/k/a Bridge the Gap) - Oversight Subcommittee (Chair, 1999-2000;

    Co-chair, 1997-98; Member, 1996-97)

-Practicing with Professionalism (f/k/a Bridge the Gap) - Seminars Subcommittee (Co-chair, 1996-99;

    Member, 1995-2000)

-Local Bar Affiliates - Networking Committee (Chair, 1999-2000)

-Local Bar Affiliates - Outreach Program Committee (Chair, 1999-2000; Co-chair, 1997-99;

    Member, 1996-97)

-Florida Bar Journal Committee (Chair, 1998-99)

-Judicial Directory Committee (Vice chair, 1998-99; Member, 1998-2000)

-SCOPE (Seek Counsel of Professional Experience) Committee (Co-chair, 1997-98; Member, 1996-97)

-Long Range Planning Committee (Chair, 2000-01; Member, 1999-2000)

-Budget Committee (1998-2001)

-Children’s Witness Waiting Room Committee (1996-97, 1999-2000)

-Web Page Committee (1997-2000)

-Florida Supreme Court Teen Mediation/Youth Education Committee (1997-98)

-Young Women and Minorities Committee (1996-97)

-Liaison to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (1998-99)

-Liaison to The Florida Bar Public Member Information Committee (1996-97)


Florida Bar Board of Governors (2000-02)

-Executive Committee (2001-02)

-Access to Legal System Committee (2000-02)

-Communications Committee (2001-02)

-Liaison to The Florida Bar Quality of Life Committee (2001-02)

-Disciplinary Review Committee (2000-01)

-Liaison to The Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee (2000-01)

-Judicial Nominating Commission Procedures Special Study Committee (2000-01)

-Judicial Nominating Commission Screening Committee (2001-02)


Hillsborough County Bar Association (1990-2004)

-Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (1993-95; ex-officio director 1995-02)

    Long Range Planning Committee (1995-99)

    ABA YLD Affiliate Outreach Project Conference Tampa Host Committee (1997)

    Law Week Committee (Chair, 1993-95)

    Awards Committee (Chair, 1993-95)

    Bridge the Gap Committee (1992-93)

    Bench/Bar Liaison Committee (1992-93)

-Gender Ethnic & Racial Equality Committee (Chair, 2004)

-Long Range Planning Committee (1998-99)

    Future Trends in the Legal Profession Subcommittee (Chair, 1998-99)


American Bar Association (1990-2004)

Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (1998 (renewed membership) - 2004)
International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") (2001-04)
William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court (Pupil, 1991-92)


United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, and

   Southern District of Florida (private practice)


Professional Associations/Activities (Community)

Changing Minds of Tampa Bay, Inc. - Mental Health Advocacy Non-Profit (2016-present)
-Board of Directors/Secretary (2016-present)


The University Club of Tampa (1994-present)

-Board of Directors (2003-04)

-Secretary (2000-01)


Honors and Activities

Professional Honors:

-Recipient of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award (2020)
-Recipient of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association’s Luis A. “Tony” Cabassa Award (2017)
-Selected as a Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Leader in the Law (2011)
-Martindale-Hubbell AV© Rating (private practice)
-Named to the Tampa Bay Review's first "40 Under 40" list of achievers and doers in the Tampa Bay legal community (2002)
-Recipient of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars Award presented by The Business Journal Serving Greater Tampa Bay and Junior Achievement of West Central Florida (1999)
-Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1997-98)


Law School Honors:

-Order of Coif
-Florida Law Review (Senior Editor, Symposium; Associate Editor, Special Projects)
-Book Awards (Family Law, Trial Advocacy, Florida Constitutional Law)
-Appellate Advocacy Fellow
-Honors, Legal Research and Writing



-Updating Author: The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Florida Handbook on Discovery Practice, Chapter 6 - Expert Witnesses Discovery (2019)
-Co-Author: "Joint Tortfeasor Liability: Inconsistencies and Inequities of Florida Law," Vol. LXIII, Fla. B.J. 57 (1989)
-Panelist, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Basic Business Law CLE Judicial Roundtable (October 11, 2019)
-Panelist, Got Civility? The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and The Florida Bar Business Law Section Luncheon CLE Presentation (February 7, 2018)
-Panelist, Numerous Judicial Views from the Bench
-Panelist, Unique Issues in Representing a Hispanic Client/The Court’s Perspective, Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association (April 28, 2011)
-Panelist, “We’ve Come a Long Way - Panel Perspectives,” Florida Association of Women Lawyers Seminar, The Florida Bar Annual Meeting (June 22, 2001)
-Presenter, “Promoting Workplace Wellness: Learning to “LOVE” and Launching Other Well-Being Initiatives in Your Law Firm,” Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (February 17, 2021)
-Presenter, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinar on “Achieving Mental Wellness Through Community Connections” (December 19, 2018)
-Presenter, Austin Crews Eagle Scout Program on “Teen Depression and Anxiety” (September 17, 2018)
-Presenter, “What Bankruptcy Attorneys Need to Know about County Criminal Court,” Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association luncheon seminar (January 13, 2009)
-Presenter, “Avoiding Technical Minefields and Overcoming Procedural Hurdles in Drafting Affidavits and Obtaining Default Judgments,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Brown Bag luncheon seminar (March 7, 2006)
-Presenter, “Mortgage Foreclosures in Florida:  A Nuts and Bolts Perspective,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Basics of Foreclosure Seminar (April 11, 1996)
-Presenter, “Receiverships and Sequestration of Rents,” Florida Mortgage Foreclosures Seminar presented to AMRESCO Institutional, Inc. (May 21, 1992)