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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

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Judge Michael E. Allen


  • Birth date: December 16, 1949

  • Birthplace: Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida

  • Spouse: Hilda Russell Allen

  • Children: Two (Susan and Sarah)

  • Degrees: B.S., Florida State University, 1971; J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1975.

  • Offices and Positions: Chief Judge, District Court of Appeal, First District, July 2001 to June 2003; Judge, District Court of Appeal, First District, January 1990 to September 2009; Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit, January 1981 to January 1990; private practice of law, October 1975 to December 1980; Assistant State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit, October 1978 to March 1980.

  • Judicial, Legal, and Teaching Activities: President, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges; Chairman, District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, July 2002 to June 2003; Adjunct Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law, August 1998 to April 2001; faculty member, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 1994 through 1998; speaker in numerous continuing legal education programs; twice elected president, Florida Public Defenders Association; past president, Gadsden County Bar Association; former chairman, Criminal Justice Information Systems Council; former member, Judicial Council of Florida; former member, Justice  Administrative Commission; former member, Florida Parole and Probation Commission Qualifications Committee; service on numerous committees of the Florida Bar and the Supreme Court of Florida.

  • Honors and Awards: L. Clayton Nance Award (for distinguished public service) (1995);  First Honorary Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1990); Honorary Life Member, Florida Public Defenders Association (1989).



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