David Robertson for Circuit Judge


For Immediate Release
Monday, April 2, 2016


Veteran Military Officer, Local Attorney Runs for Judge

Major David M. Robertson

GAINESVILLE, FL –– Circuit Judge Candidate David Robertson has over 20 years experience as a practicing attorney here in North Florida. He is currently employed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as Chief Counsel of its District 2 office, a position he has held for the past 10 years. District 2 is FDOT’s largest geographic district and is comprised of 18 counties across North Florida, from Nassau and St. Johns Counties on the east coast to Madison and Levy Counties on the west coast and includes the 6 counties that comprise the 8th judicial circuit: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union. David advises the district secretary and district executive committee on a variety of complex legal issues associated with implementation of the district’s annual billion-dollar work program. He serves on the Office of General Counsel’s statewide leadership team; supervises eminent domain litigation assigned to the district legal office including hundreds of properties and tens of millions of dollars annually; supervises other legal work assigned to the district legal office, including matters in the areas of construction, maintenance, procurement, funding and environmental regulation; and manages a team of 8 attorneys and 4 paralegals assigned to the district legal office. David personally litigates eminent domain cases and performs transactional work, including the negotiation and drafting of complex agreements with developers, counties, municipalities and other state agencies primarily involving the development of transportation systems.

David proudly serves the State of Florida and the Country as an officer in the Florida Army National Guard (FLNG). He holds the rank of Major with over 16 years of service. David currently serves as the command judge advocate for the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the FLNG’s largest Major Subordinate Command. His experience includes deployment overseas as part of the Global War on Terrorism in support of Operation Enduring Freedom / Freedom’s Sentinel (2015-2016); assigned by the Chief of Staff of the FLNG to assist with drafting proposed revisions to the Florida Code of Military Justice (2018); one of three judge advocates assigned to Joint Task Force RNC for the 2012 Republican National Convention; and state active duty for multiple hurricanes. David advises the command on international and domestic operational law, military justice, contracts, fiscal law and administrative law. His military justice experieince includes serving in the roles of prosecutor, defense counsel and legal advisor (similar to the role of a hearing officer).

Prior to accepting the Chief Counsel position with FDOT in early 2008, David was in private practice and developed a broad base of experience representing individuals, businesses and governmental bodies across North Florida. His experience outside of FDOT includes civil litigation, appeals, real property and other transactional work, consumer protection, warranties, age and sex discrimination, family law and serving as city attorney for a small municipality. David also served the Florida Bar as chairman of a local grievance committee. His community service includes serving on local boards of directors for the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce and coaching several little league sports teams.

David and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for over 15 years and have six children. They live in Alachua County and attend Greenhouse Church.

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