Judge Bradford (Brad) L. Thomas

Judge Thomas

Birthdate: January 11, 1954
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
Spouse: Susan Ann Cox, Gainesville, married 1982
Children: One


J.D. (with Honors), University of Florida College of Law, 1982;

B.A., Florida State University, 1977

Legal Offices & Positions:

Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2005, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush

Chief Judge, 2017-2019, First District Court of Appeal

Public Safety Policy Coordinator, Executive Office of  the Governor, 1999-2005

Council Director, Florida House of Representatives Justice Council, 1997-1999

 Staff Director, Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, 1996-1997

Assistant State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit, State of Florida, 1991-1996

Assistant General Counsel, Florida Parole Commission, 1989-1991

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division, 1987-1989

Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, 1984-1987

Private practice, Big Pine Key, FL, 1984

Assistant Director, Appellate Advocacy Program, University of Florida College of Law, 1982-1984

Honors & Awards:

2000--Prosecuting Attorneys Association, “Criminal Justice Service Award”

1999--Florida Sheriffs Association, “Special Recognition Award”

Professional Associations & Memberships:

Member, Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, 2005-2010

Member, Appellate Education Committee, 2007-2011

The Florida Bar; William Stafford Tallahassee Inn of Court (1995-2008); First District Appellate American Inn of Court (2008-2016).

Articles & Publications:

“Restricting State Prisoners’ Due Process Rights: The Supreme Court Demonstrates Its Loyalty to Judicial Restraint,” Cumberland Law Review, 1991.

 “The Proper Standard of Appellate Review of Circumstantial Criminal Convictions,” Florida Bar Journal, June, 1988.