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Michelle Sisco


Year elected to the bench:  

2002 - Appointed County Court Judge by Governor Bush

2004 - Elected
2005 - Appointed Circuit Court Judge by Governor Bush
2008 - Elected 
2014 - Elected

2020 - Elected


Previous Assignments:

County Criminal, Division B; County Civil and Domestic Violence - Plant City; County Civil, Division H; Circuit Criminal, Division B; Juvenile Delinquency, Division F; Post-Conviction Relief, Division J; General Civil, Division D
Current Assignments:

Trial Division I – Criminal Justice & General Civil;
Post-Conviction Relief, Division J



Law School: University of Florida 1991

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University 1988



Judge Michelle Sisco is a graduate of H.B. Plant High School, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Florida College of Law. After graduating from law school in 1991, Judge Sisco became an assistant state attorney with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted thousands of cases, including capital murder, and became the deputy chief of a felony division. Judge Sisco left the State Attorney’s Office in 1998 to become an associate with the law firm of Trombley & Hanes, P.A, which specializes in white-collar criminal defense work. Judge Sisco was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to both the County Court bench in August of 2002, and to the Circuit Court bench in October of 2005. Judge Sisco has presided over courts in County Criminal, County Civil, Family Law Domestic Violence, Juvenile Delinquency, Circuit Criminal, and Circuit Civil. Judge Sisco is currently assigned to Trial Division I handling both civil and criminal jury trials and to Criminal Division J handling post-conviction relief matters. Judge Sisco is Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Practice and is a former legal intern for United States District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich.



Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2018-2023)

Beach Park Women's Club, President 

Kappa Delta House Corporation Board, President (Delta Eta Chapter) – (2008-2013)

Junior League Community Advisory Board (2008-2009)

Parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church



Criminal Punishment Code Task Force Chair Designee

Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability 

2018 Recipient of the Florida Bar's Judge of the Year Award 

Florida Bar's Criminal Procedure Rules Committee - Vice Chair

Chair of the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee (June 2015-2018)

J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, Master (2011-present)
Herbert G. Goldburg – Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court, Master (alumnus)
Speaker: NBI Seminar – Civil Court Judicial Forum (2012); 

Florida Bar YLD Seminar - Basic Trial Practice (2012); 

NBI Seminar - Jury Selection (2015); 

TBPA Seminar - Ethical View of a Trial (2015); 

Florida Bar YLD Seminar – Basic Personal Injury Law (2015)

NBI Seminar - As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation (2017)

NBI Seminar - The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do's and Don'ts  (2018)