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Lawson L. Lamar

Lawson Lamar is the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida which encompasses Orange and Osceola Counties. This geographic region is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Mr. Lamar was elected State Attorney in 1988. When Mr. Lamar served as Orange County Sheriff for two terms his agency led Florida’s nine largest policing jurisdictions in crime reduction while maintaining the lowest policing cost per capita of those jurisdictions for seven years.

Prior to taking office as Sheriff in 1981, Mr. Lamar was a prosecutor and Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Lamar is co-author of the McGraw Hill College text entitled, The Criminal Courts.

Mr. Lamar received his A.A. from the University of Florida in 1962, and his B.Ed. with honors from the University of Miami in 1964. Prior to his graduation with honors from the University of Florida, College of Law in l972, he gained valuable investigative experience as an army airborne intelligence officer earning the rank of captain and receiving numerous honors for his service in Vietnam and Europe including the Bronze Star. He is a member of the University of Florida Honorary Leadership Fraternity, Florida Blue Key.

Mr. Lamar created the nationally recognized Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, one of the longest running and most successful narcotics and vice multi-agency task forces in the nation. He was also appointed to the Governor's Commission on the Statewide Prosecution function and the Governor's Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Group. He was Chairman of the Governor's Violent Crime Council. He is a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of its College of Health and Public Administration. He is a 33rd degree Mason and a Shriner. He is a Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Lamar brought the forensic use of DNA evidence to America from England. The first courtroom DNA case in the US was prosecuted by this office in Orlando, Florida.

Lawson was born April 5, 1942 in West Palm Beach, Florida and is married to Jo-Ann and has three children, Thomas, Lawson II and Lauren. He has two granddaughters Alexandra and Sophia. He enjoys cycling, tennis, water and snow skiing and the shooting sports.

State Attorney · Ninth Judicial Circuit Orange and Osceola Counties · 407-836-2400 · Contact by email

The Hon. Alicia L. Latimore

Judge Alicia L. Latimore, a native Floridian, was born and reared in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She graduated from Ransom-Everglades High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from Duke University, North Carolina. She then attended the University of Florida where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1990.

Upon graduation from law school she began her legal career with a general practice firm where she handled civil and family law cases. In 1991, she joined the State of Florida Department of Labor Bureau of Appeals for Unemployment Compensation as an Appeals Referee/Administrative Hearing Officer and then later joined Perry & Lamb, P.A. as an associate handling family and juvenile law until she decided in 1993 to open her own private law firm.

From November 1993 until December 2005, while a private practitioner, Judge Latimore concentrated in the areas of marital/family and juvenile law. In recognition of her proficiency in these areas she was appointed in 1999 to the Supreme Court of Florida Dependency Court Improvement Committee and the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Fairness. She also held the position of Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 1994 to 1997.

On December 5, 2005, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit covering Orange and Osceola counties. She is the first and only African American female to hold the position of Circuit Court Judge in the history of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. After serving four years on the felony criminal bench she was assigned to the juvenile delinquency division and juvenile drug court where she currently sits. She is the former Chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Teen Summit and is compassionate about keeping our youth out of the criminal justice system.

She is a member of a number of professional and civic organizations including, but not limited to, the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, the Florida Court Education Council, the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the George C. Young Central Florida Inn of Court, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and St. Mark A.M.E. Church.

Circuit Court Judge · Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-7590 · Contact by email

The Hon. Frederick J. Lauten

Fred Lauten is the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Criminal Division of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Lauten has also presided over the Complex Commercial Litigation Division and previously served as Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division. He has presided over the Violation of Probation Division, Circuit Criminal Division 17, a Circuit Criminal Division in Osceola County and served in every division in the Orange County Court. Judge Lauten has been on the bench for 20 years. Prior to being a judge, Judge Lauten worked in the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s office for 11 years. He also practiced law in Washington D.C. and in Longwood Florida. Judge Lauten received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University in 1979. He received an M.B.A. from Rollins College in 1976 and a B. A. from Rollins College in 1975. Judge Lauten graduated from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando. He attended St. Mary Magdalen grade school in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Judge Lauten moved to Florida in 1967. He was born in Chicago Illinois.

Judge Lauten resides in Orlando with his wife Shelley and has two children, Chris Lauten, 28 and Victoria Bennett, 25.

Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2009 · Contact by email

The Hon. Bob LeBlanc

The Honorable Bob LeBlanc graduated with honors from St. John’s Preparatory School, a Catholic boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1975 and attended Bradford College outside Boston. During his junior year of college, Judge LeBlanc studied political science and philosophy abroad at American College of Paris and graduated with honors with a BA in political philosophy from Bradford College in 1980. He undertook graduate studies in political philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 1980 and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989. He interned with the Public Defender's Office in Orlando (1987) and the American Stock Exchange in New York (1988) during summer breaks from law school. Judge LeBlanc worked two years as a public defender in Orlando and later was employed for five years at Bogin, Munns & Munns where he handled criminal defense cases and learning personal injury. Judge LeBlanc established his own law firm in 1996 with partner Frank Iennaco, LeBlanc & Iennaco, and practiced until he became a judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2007. He is now in his sixth year assigned to Circuit Criminal Division 15. Judge LeBlanc is active with several community organizations and has served for twelve years on the board of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Among other organizations, Judge LeBlanc volunteers with Orange Center Elementary School with a Rotary group.

Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2012 · Contact by email