Judge T. Kent Wetherell, II

Judge Wetherell

Judge T. Kent Wetherell II left the First District Court of Appeal after he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 10, 2019 to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

Born August 26, 1970 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Married, two children


J.D. (High Honors), Florida State University, 1995

B.S. in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude), Florida State University, 1992

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2009-2019
  • Administrative Law Judge, Division of Administrative Hearings, 2002-09
  • Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, 1999-2002
  • Private practice, Hopping, Green, Sams & Smith, Tallahassee, 1995-99

Judicial & Bar Activities:

  • Florida Bar
    • Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 2016-present
    • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2010-16
      • Chair, 2015-16
      • Vice-chair, 2014-15
      • Criminal Law Subcommittee Chair, 2013-14
      • Criminal Law Subcommittee Vice-chair, 2012-13
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1995-99
      • Legislative Committee Chair, 1998-99
    • Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, 1996-99
    • Administrative Practice Manual Steering Committee, 2008-09
    • Administrative Law Section
      • Executive Council, 2006-10
    • Appellate Practice Section
  • Judicial Branch
    • Appellate Court Technology Committee, 2010-present
    • eFACTS Change Advisory Board, 2014-present
    • Appellate Court Website Redesign Workgroup, 2015-present
    • Judicial Branch Legal Research Workgroup, 2012
    • Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, 2009-present
  • Other
    • First District Court of Appeal Appellate Inn of Court
    • The Federalist Society
    • Tallahassee Bar Association
    • National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary Board of Directors, 2013-15

Articles & Publications:

  • Florida Law Because of and According to Mickey: The “Top 5" Florida Cases and Statutes Involving Walt Disney World, Florida Coastal Law Journal, 2002
  • Small Scale Plan Amendments:  Legislative or Quasi-judicial in Nature?, Florida Bar Journal, April 1999
  • The New Burdens of Proof in Ad Valorem Tax Valuation Cases, FSU Law Review, 1998
  • Rulemaking Reforms and Restrictions on Agencies’ Use of Non-Rule Policy in the New APA:  A “Catch 22” for State Agencies?, Florida Bar Journal, March 1997 (co-author)
  • The Practitioner’s “Road Maps” to the Revised APA, Florida Bar Journal, March 1997  (co-author)
  • The Legislature Tweaks McDonald Again:  The New Restrictions in Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act on the Use of “Unadopted Rules” and “Incipient Policies” by State Agencies, University of Florida Law Review, 1996 (co-author)
  • Private Property Rights Legislation:  The “Midnight Version” and Beyond, FSU Law Review, 1994
  • Periodic articles in the Administrative Law Section Newsletter and the Environmental & Land Use Law Section Reporter, 1997-2007