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Chief Judge Cory J. Ciklin

Chief Judge Cory J. Ciklin began serving in the Fourth DCA in 2009. He has been chief judge since July 1, 2015. He was an intern with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (1980) then was vice president and counsel of The Florida Sheriff’s Youth Fund (1981-1983) and senior associate with Boose, Casey, Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens, McBane & O’Connell (1983-1991). In the 1990s, he also was assistant county attorney and Palm Beach County consumer advocate for the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office, and a magistrate in the Palm Beach County Traffic Court. He has been a judge since 1995. As a Palm Beach County Court judge, he was administrative and presiding judge of the North County Courthouse, administrative and presiding judge of the Gun Club Criminal Justice Complex and presiding judge of the North County Courthouse. He earned a B.S. degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.

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Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian began serving in the Fourth DCA in 2008. He served as Chief Judge from 2013 to 2015. Before being appointed to the DCA, Judge Damoorgian was a judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit (1999-2007). In 2007, he was the administrative judge of the Civil Division. Before becoming a judge, Judge Damoorgian had been in private practice since 1980. He received the 2005 Outstanding Judge Award from the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the 2007 Stephen R. Booher Memorial Award from the Broward County Bar Association, in recognition of humanity, integrity and dedication to Broward County’s bench, bar and community. He holds a B.A. degree from American University and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.


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Judge Jonathan D. Gerber

Judge Jonathan D. Gerber began serving in the Fourth DCA in 2009. Before the appointment, he was a judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (serving in the Criminal Division and Civil Division and as administrative judge in the Civil Division and as appellate division supervisor). He also was a county judge in Palm Beach County (Civil Division and Criminal Division). Before becoming a judge, he was an associate and then parter at Shutts & Bowen LLP in West Palm Beach and an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Palm Beach. Judge Gerber was named Jurist of the Year by the South Palm Beach County Bar Association (2009), the Palm Beach County Bar Association North County Section (2008) and the Palm Beach County Justice Association (2007). He earned his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

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Judge Robert M. Gross

Judge Robert M. Gross began serving in the Fourth DCA in 1995. He was chief judge from 2008 to 2011. Before being named to the DCA, Judge Gross was a circuit court judge (1991-95), a county court judge (1984-91) and an administrative judge of county court (1988-90). Before becoming a judge, he was in private practice with Moyle, Jones and Flanigan, P.A., West Palm Beach (1981-84) and was an assistant state attorney in Palm Beach County and an assistant district attorney in New York County. Since 1990, he has been a faculty member in the Florida Judicial College program, which all judges are required to complete during their first year of judicial service. He teaches Evidence, Landlord & Tenant, and Building a Judicial Style. He has a B.A. degree from Williams College and a J.D. from Cornell University.


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Judge Spencer D. Levine

Judge Spencer D. Levine began serving in the Fourth DCA in 2009. Before his appointment, he had experience with Broward Health, as chief compliance officer, ethics officer and, finally, chief operating officer; the Office of the Attorney General; the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office; and in private practice. He has served on several committees of The Florida Bar and currently is on the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Florida International University School of Law. Judge Levine received the Outstanding Jurist Award from the Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court for 2014-2015. He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. degree from New York University.

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Judge Melanie G. May

Judge Melanie G. May began serving in the Fourth DCA in 2011. She was chief judge from 2011 to 2013. Before her appointment, she was a judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit for 11 years. She also was in private practice for nine years. She was a clerk for the Hon. Peter T. Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit after her graduation from law school. Judge May has been involved with numerous professional activities and currently is vice president of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. Among her many honors, she received the Distinguished Service Award (Judicial) from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency–Chapter 2 for 2009-2010. Judge May earned her J.D. degree from the Nova Law Center and her B.S. degree from Florida Atlantic University. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Nova Southeastern University in 1998.

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[Revised: 05-20-2016]