Judge Ronald V. Swanson
(Retired from Court, April 30, 2016)
Birthdate: April 16, 1948
Rock Island, IL
Spouse: Diane Bew Swanson
Daughter, Erika, son-in-law Joel, grandson Hunter,
LL.M. (Highest Honors), The George Washington University (1982);
J.D., The University of Florida (1973);
B.S., The Florida State University (1970).
Appointed to the First District Court of Appeal by Governor
Rick Scott in June 2011.
Judge, First Judicial Circuit, April 2003 to July 2011. Appointed by Governor
County Court Judge,
Santa Rosa County, May 2000 to April 2003. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.
Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, 1982 to 1985.
Judge Swanson served in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps
for over 20 years, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. While on active duty,
Judge Swanson served in numerous assignments to include: in ships of the
Atlantic Fleet; as Special Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations during
the First Gulf War; a 1988 assignment as counsel in the Persian Gulf; duty at
Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service
Office Central, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
and decorations: The Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (multiple
awards); Navy Commendation Medal (multiple awards); Navy Achievement Medal
(multiple awards); Overseas Service (multiple awards) National Defense Medal.
Office of State
Attorney: Upon retirement from the United States Navy, Judge Swanson served
as an Assistant State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit, from August 1995 to May
2000. He was designated Special Prosecutor for cases of significance, 1998 to
Past Board Member and Vice President, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Northwest
Florida, Pensacola, Florida.
Board Member Navy Home, Biloxi, Mississippi.
Senior Warden and Vestry Member, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Gulf
member, Inns of Court (Trial).
Member, Board of
Directors, K9 for Warriors (2015 to present)
Volunteer, K9 for Warriors (2013 to present)