Judge Timothy D. Osterhaus
Judge Timothy Osterhaus was appointed to the First
District Court of Appeal by Governor Rick Scott on May 20, 2013.
Before his appointment, Tim served as the
Solicitor General of Florida under Attorney General Pam Bondi. As Florida’s SG,
and as Deputy SG before that, he represented the state and state agencies in all
of Florida’s district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, federal
district and circuit courts, and the United States Supreme Court. This included
work on many notable cases, including Florida’s challenge with 25 other states
to the 2010 federal healthcare act. Tim’s work in the Solicitor General’s Office
was distinguished with service awards from the Attorney General and with
recognition as “Legal Elite” among government attorneys by Florida Trend
Prior to his work in the Solicitor General’s
Office, Tim served as counsel in the Florida Department of Education; worked in
private practice in Washington, D.C.; and served as a law clerk to U.S. District
Court Judge Kenneth Ryskamp in West Palm Beach (with a co-clerk who later became
In addition to legal practice, Tim taught a
seminar class during the 2012-13 school year at the Florida State University
School of Law as the Richard W. Ervin Eminent Visiting Scholar Chair. He has
also assisted moot court teams at FSU, judged the oral arguments of first-year
law students, and served as a panelist/speaker in various class and school club
Judge Osterhaus is a charter member of the First
District Appellate American Inn of Court (since 2008). He has served on both the
Appellate Court Rules and Education Committees of the Florida Bar and has been a
member of the Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society since 2005.
While living and working in Washington, D.C., he volunteered with the Legal Aid
Society, providing legal help to needy people.
Judge Osterhaus spent his childhood in South
Florida. He attended Westminster Christian School and tended goal on soccer
fields all over Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for the Cutler Ridge Soccer
Club. After moving away from Florida with his family, he graduated from Bristol
Tennessee High School in 1989.
Judge Osterhaus received his bachelor’s degree
with highest honors from King College (Tenn.) in 1993, and his law degree from
the University of Virginia in 1997.
He now resides in Tallahassee with his wife, four
children, and various pets.