The Honorable David E French

Circuit Civil "AJ"

Judicial Assistant:
Kelly Squire

(561) 355-7570



Courtroom Number:

Main Judicial Complex
205 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401




Personal Biography:

Born November 25, 1949, at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal-Canal Zone, Panama. Moved to Miami, FL in 1955 from New Orleans, LA and has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1981.



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Economics from Florida State University 1972.  Juris Doctorate from Samford University Cumberland School of Law 1975.


Business Experience:

A.        1975 to 1982 - Partner at Wicker Smith, et al, P.A.

B.        1983 to 2001 - Partner at David and French, P.A.

C.        2000 to 2006 - Partner at David E. French, P.A. 

D.        2007 to 2012- Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, Circuit Civil Division.

E.         2012 to 2017 - Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, Family and Probate Divisions

F.         2017 to Present - Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, Circuit Civil Division.  


Major Accomplishments In The Legal Field:

A.        30 plus years complex courtroom experience in over twelve circuit courts, including U.S. Southern District Court of Florida.

B.         AV rated Martindale Hubbell since 1985, highest competence and ethical rating.

C.        Listed Nationally in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, (limited to top 5% of lawyers) while a practicing attorney.

D.        Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Supreme Court since 1985 and recently re-certified until 2010.

E.         Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator.

F.         2003 Past Chair of 15th Judicial Circuit Local Grievance and Ethics Committee

G.               January 2, 2007 to Present- Commissioned Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit


Professional Membership:

A.        American Board of Trial Advocates

B.        Florida Bar Association


Judicial Symposium:

A.               2007- Brookings & AEI- Economics Institute for Judges, I & II

B.                2008- Brookings & AEI- Critical Issues in Complex Construction Defects Litigation

C.                2008- Northwestern University Law School- 3rd Annual Justice Symposium

D.               2010- Northwesten University Law School- Expansion of Liability under Public Nuisance


last updated: 02/22/2017