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Photograph of Judge Richard J. Suarez Judge Richard J. Suarez

Judge Suarez received his Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami. During his senior year, he was awarded a Presidential Scholastic Scholarship. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Fraternity (Top 10% of the University graduating class) and Phi Kappa Lambda National Scholastic Honor Fraternity. He was also named as one of the outstanding graduating seniors by the Ibis Yearbook and was named outstanding graduating senior by Phi Mu Alpha. He went on to receive a Master of Music degree also from the University of Miami. Judge Suarez was awarded his JD degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and on the Dean’s List.

Upon graduation from law school, he joined and became a shareholder in the law firm of Corlett, Killian, P.A., where he remained until 1991. In 1991, he became a member of the law firm of Hardeman & Suarez, P.A. While in practice Judge Suarez specialized in civil litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts.

In 2002, Judge Suarez was appointed to serve as a County Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit by Governor Jeb Bush and was elected, unopposed, to that position in 2004. In 2004, Governor Bush appointed Judge Suarez to serve as a Judge on the Third District Court of Appeal. In 2012 he was elected by his fellow judges as Chief Judge Elect. He will serve as Chief Judge from 2015 through 2017.

Professional Associations and Admissions: Florida Bar Association; Dade County Defense Bar Association; American Bar Association; Cuban American Bar Association; Florida Bar Standing Committee (Ethics); Florida Bar Standing Committee (Practice of Law Without a License); Admitted to practice by the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida; Admitted to practice by the United States Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida; Admitted to practice by the United States Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit).

Civic Activities: Board of Directors - The Ronald McDonald House of South Florida (1991– 2002); Board of Directors – WLRN Public Television Station (1997-2002); Board of Directors – Florida Humanities Council (1998-2002).