Circuit Judge Tonya Rainwater

The Honorable: Tonya Rainwater

Circuit Judge Tonya Rainwater

The Honorable: Tonya Rainwater


EDUCATION:

  • Florida Institute of Technology – M.B.A. 1988
  • University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Florida State University – B.S., 1976
  • Melbourne High School, 1974

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1979
  • Assistant State Attorney, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 1979 – 1980
  • Private Practice, 1981 – 1986
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida institute of Technology, 1985 – 1986
  • Associate Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 1995, 2007

JUDICIAL CAREER:

  • Elected County Court Judge, 1986
  • Elected Circuit Judge, 1990 (subsequently reelected without opposition)
  • Since being elected, Judge Rainwater has presided over tens of thousands of cases in every division of the court.

JUDICIAL LEADERSHIP ROLES:

  • Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, 2006-2007
  • Chief Administrative Judge, Brevard County/Acting Chief Judge, 2007-2008
  • Administrative Judge, Appeals Division, 2007 – present
  • Administrative Judge, Criminal Division, 1998 – 1999, 2005 – 2006
  • Administrative Judge, Family Division, 2001 – 2005
  • Jury Management Judge, 1996 -1998, 1999 – 2000
  • Chief Administrative County Judge, 1988 – 1990
  • Director, Conference County Judges, 1989
  • Drug Court Judge, 1997 to 1999, 2005 – 2007
  • Judicial Liaison Committee
  • Court Technology Committee

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Melbourne High School Hall of Fame, inducted 2007
  • Woman of Distinction in Education and Government, Girl Scouts of America Citrus Council, 2001
  • Woman of Achievement Award, March of Dimes, 2000
  • Judicial Distinguished Service Award, Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency, 1999
  • Rainwater Center for Girls at Crosswinds Youth Services (a day program and accredited school for at-risk girls ages 12 through 18) is dedicated in honor of Judge Rainwater, 1996
  • Who’s Who in American Law

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Brevard County Bar Association, 1979 to present
  • Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity, 2006 to present
  • Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Rules
  • Justice Teaching Program, Volunteer, 2006 – present
  • Florida State University, Garnet and Gold Key Society
  • Moot Court, University of Florida, College of Law
  • Student Honor Court, University of Florida
  • Young Lawyer’s Section Board of Governors, 1982 -1984
  • Rainwater Center for Girls, Advisory Committee Member
  • Moot Court Brevard County High Schools, Volunteer Judge
  • Mental Health Association of Brevard County, Past President
  • American Association of University Women, Member
  • Junior League of South Brevard, Past Member
  • Suntree United Methodist Church, Member