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Judge Warner


DEGREES:  The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971; University of Chicago Law School, 1971-72; University of Florida School of Law, J.D. with high honors, 1974; University of Virginia, Master of Laws in the Judicial Process, LL.M. received May 1995.

LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS:  Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July 1, 1999-June 30, 2001, Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1989-present; Circuit Court Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, 1986-88; Private Practice, 1974-85.

JUDICIAL & BAR ACTIVITIES - State:  President, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges (2008-2009); Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, 1998-present, Chair 1998-2008;  Member, Supreme Court Electronic Filing Committee, 2003-present; Co-Chair, Florida Court Education Council, 2002-2006;  Member, Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, 2000-2006;  Member, Committee on Trial Court Performance and Accountability, 1999-2002; Chair, Florida Legislative Committee on Legislative Reform of Judicial Administration, 1998;  Chair, FCEC Special Committee on Evaluation and Administration of Florida’s Judicial Education Programs, 1998;   Member, Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instruction Committee, 1987-1998; Faculty Member, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 1992-2004;  Member, Appellate Judges Conference Education Committee, 1992-1999;  Member, Appellate Rules Committee, The Florida Bar, 1990-1993;  Member, Florida Court Education Council’s Publication Committee, 2001-present;  National:  Chair, Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association (2009-2010); Chair, 2007 AJEI National Education Conference; Member, Executive Committee of ABA Appellate Judges Conference, and Board of Directors of the Appellate Judges Educational Institute (AJEI), 2005-present; Editor, Appellate Judges Section of ABA Judicial Division Record, 2003-2005; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Education, 2000-2003; Member, Planning Committee for ABA Compleat Appellate Judge Seminar, 2000-2002; Chair, ABA Oversight Committee for University of Virginia Master of Laws in the Judicial Process Program, 1999-2000; Lecturer, ABA Conference of Chief Judges of Intermediate Appellate Courts, 1995; Participant, University of Memphis Leadership Institute in Judicial Education; Admitted to the Florida Bar 1974.

HONORS & AWARDS: Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section James C. Adkins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Field of Appellate Practice, 2010; Supreme Court of Florida, Chief Justice’s Award of Excellence, 2006; Outstanding Jurist of 1992, Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar; Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado College; Phi Kappa Phi, honorary social science fraternity; Order of the Coif, University of Florida Law School; Member of the Editorial Board, University of Florida Law Review.

OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Member, Arts Foundation Board, 2007-present; Board of Directors, Martin County Council for the Arts, 1996 to 1999; Chair of 1997, 1998 and 1999 High School Juried Art Shows; American Heart Association, Board of Directors, Martin County Unit, 1982-1989; Co-Chair, American Heart Association Heart Ball, 1983; Board of Directors, Presbyterian Early Learning School, 1981-1987, Chair of Board; First United Presbyterian Church, Deacon, 1987-1991.

PUBLICATIONS:  Martha C. Warner, et al.,  Is Big Bad?  Timeliness and Consistency on Large State Appellate Courts, 44-4 A.B.A. Judges’ J.  36 (Fall 2005); Martha C. Warner, et al., Improving Court Operations: A Quality Improvement Project in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, 41-2 A.B.A. Judges’ J. 16 (Spring 2002); Martha C. Warner, Anders in the Fifty States: Some Appellants’ Equal Protection More Equal than Others’, 23 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 625 (1996).


  • Judicial Assistant: Leslie Baltunado
  • Career Attorney: Judith Kolich
  • Law Clerk: Katie Duke