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

(850) 487-1000 main

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Judge Marguerite H. Davis

Retired February 28, 2013


  • Birthdate: November 12, 1947

  • Birthplace: Washington D.C.

  • Spouse: J. Riley Davis

  • Children: Two

  • Degrees: J.D. with Honors 1971, Florida State University; B.A. with Honors 1968, University of South Florida.

  • Offices and Positions: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 1993-present; private law practice, Partner, Katz, Kutter, Haigler, Alderman, Davis & Marks, 1987-1993; Swann & Haddock, 1985-1987; Senior Legal Aid, Florida Supreme Court, 1971-1985, Executive Assistant to Chief Justice, 1982-1984.

  • Bar Offices and Activities: Florida State Federal Judicial Council, Executive Director, 1985-present; Supreme Court Local Rules Advisory Committee, Chairperson, 1988-present; Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee, 1988-present, Vice-Chair 1995; Chair, 1995-1997;  Rules of Judicial Administration, 1995-present,  Chairperson 1997-1998; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1995-present,  Chairperson 1999-2000;  Executive Council, Appellate Advocacy Section of the Florida Bar; Florida Bar Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 1990-1992;  Supreme Court Special Disciplinary Rule Committee, 1977-1978; Florida Bar Disciplinary Rule Committee, 1985-1987; Standards for Appellate Practice Certification Ad Hoc Committee, 1992-1993; Florida Bar since 1971, American Bar Association, 1975-present; U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts, since 1971; Supreme Court of the United States; Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Directors, 1985-present; Florida Supreme Court Restructure Commission, Reporter, 1971-1980, 1984-1986; American Arbitration Association, 1991-present; Judicial Management Council Committee on Appellate Workload & Jurisdiction, 1996-1998; Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section, Appellate Rules Liason Commitee, Chair, 1996-1998; Arts in the Court Committee, Chair 1999-present; Faculty Member for the 1999 and 2000 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies.

  • Honors and Awards: J.D. with Honors; Valedictorian speaker--Florida Bar exam 1971; Gold Key Honor Society (U.S.F. equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa); American Jurisprudence Awards for Excellence in Remedies, Land Finance, Family Law, Creditors' Rights and Debtors' Remedies, Trial Practice, Labor Law, Mass Communications Law; U.S.F. Honor Court and Board of Discipline and Review; Recognized at U.S.F. Honors Convocation.

  • Publications: "Impeachment in Florida," 6 Florida State University Law Review 2 (1978). "Attorney's Fees: Draft Your Contract Cautiously," Volume LXIII, No. 5 The Florida Bar Journal (May 1989). "A Plea for Uniformity," Volume LXIV, N. 4, April 1990. Court Awarded Attorney Fees, Matthew Bender, three-volume federal treatise--revise and supplement every six months. "Attorneys Fees and Costs in Administrative Proceedings," Administrative Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 3, March 1991.

  • Civic Associations: Member, Trinity Methodist Church; Alumni, Florida State University Law School, Alumni Association; University of South Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1999-present.



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