Alan Lawson served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida from 2016 until late 2022, retiring from the State of Florida after a 22-year judicial career. He has served on the Board of Vision Orlando for over two decades. Alan has been married to the love of his life, Julie, for 35 years. The couple has two children, both married, and two grandchildren – with a third on the way.
After graduating with the highest honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 1987, Alan and Julie married. Alan started his legal career with the prestigious Miami law firm of Steel Hector & Davis, where he would eventually be voted into the partnership. While practicing law, Alan handled a variety of complex litigation and appeal matters, attaining a reputation for excellence and integrity among fellow lawyers, as reflected by the highest possible peer rating in the national lawyer rating service, Martindale Hubbell.
Alan’s judicial career began in 2002 when he was appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, encompassing Orange and Osceola Counties. Alan served there for four years, presiding over more than 100 jury trials, and was consistently rated at the highest level for his diligence, preparation, and professionalism by the lawyers who appeared before him. Alan was then appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, where he served for eleven years, including a term as Chief Judge. In 2016, Governor Rick Scott appointed Alan to the Florida Supreme Court, where he served until his retirement from the bench. Throughout his career, Alan received numerous awards and recognitions and maintained his reputation for diligence, excellence, skill, and professionalism.
Throughout this time, Alan has served his community through local churches and secular organizations and has also been involved, with Julie, in Christian service work in Honduras annually since 1999. Alan also teaches at Florida State University College of Law, in Florida’s judicial education program, and teaches and speaks to groups around the State regarding topics primarily focused on our system of justice and His faith.
Most recently, in 2023, Alan embarked on a new venture, founding the law firm of Lawson Huck Gonzalez, PLLC, along with three other founding shareholders. The couple lives in Tallahassee.