Judge Peter D. Webster

  • Birthdate: February 12, 1949
  • Birthplace: Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Spouse: Michele Page (Hernandez)
  • Children: One


B.S.F.S. (magna cum laude), Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1971; J.D. (with distinction), Duke University School of Law, 1974; LL.M. (in the judicial process), University of Virginia School of Law, 1995.

Legal Offices & Positions:

Judge, District Court of Appeal, First District, 1991-present; Circuit Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1986-91; Associate (1975-78) and Member (1978-85), Bedell, Bedell, Dittmar, Smith & Zehmer, P.A., and successors (practice limited to litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts); Law Clerk to The Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, United States District Judge, Middle District of Florida, 1974-75.

Honors & Awards:

Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts honor fraternity); Phi Alpha Theta (history honor fraternity); Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honor fraternity); Constantine McGuire Medal (awarded to outstanding graduate in School of Foreign Service); Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; full tuition scholarship to law school; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in the South and Southwest.; James C. Adkins Award, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, 2009.

Judicial & Bar Activities:

Master of the Bench, E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court, 2007-present; Master of the Bench, First District Court of Appeal American Inn of Court, 2008 - present; Master of the Bench, Tallahassee American Inn of Court, 1992-2003 (president, 1999-2000); Master of the Bench, Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, 1988-92; Florida Judicial Management Council, 2006-2008; Supreme Court Professionalism Commission, 2010-present; Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Evaluations, 2006-2007 (chair); Supreme Court Task Force on Complex Litigation, 2006-2008; District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, 2006-2007; Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, 1979-2001 (vice-chair, 1994-98; chair, 1999-2000); Supreme Court Committee on Trial Court Information Systems, 1986-91 (chair, subcommittee on civil case management); Supreme Court Court Reporter Certification Planning Committee, 1995-99 (chair); Supreme Court Study Committee on Confidentiality of Records of the Judicial Branch, 1993-95; Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1986-91 (Executive Committee, 1991); Member: The Florida Bar, 1975-present (member of several committees, including Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure (vice-chair, 1995-96), Rules of Judicial Administration (chair, 2001-02), and Appellate Rules; charter member, Executive Council, Appellate Practice Section); American Judicature Society (Editorial Committee, Judicature, 2001-present; Board of Directors, 2002-present; Secretary, 2008-09; Vice-President, 2009-10; President-Elect, 2010-present); Trustee, American Inns of Court Foundation, 2009-present; Jacksonville and Tallahassee Bar Associations; Past Member: American Bar Association; American Trial Lawyers Association; Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers (chair and director, Commercial Litigation Section, 1981-82); Federal Bar Association; National Conference of State Trial Judges; Adjunct Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law, 1997-2006.

Other Civic Activities:

Board of Directors, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., 1981-84; Board of Directors, River Region Human Services, Inc., 1986-88; Advisory Board, P.A.C.E. Center for Girls, Inc., 1986-90; Delinquency Task Force, Mayor's Commission on Children and Youth, City of Jacksonville, 1988-91; Stakeholders Group, Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center, 1988-91; Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., 1986-91; District Committee Member, North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1978-83; Officer and Executive Board Member, Suwannee River Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1992-2001; Board of Directors, Duke Alumni Club of Greater Jacksonville, 1984-88.