Brevard County Judge Benjamin B. Garagozlo Biography

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The Honorable Benjamin B. Garagozlo

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The Honorable:
Benjamin B. Garagozlo


EDUCATION:

  • Boston University, B.A.
  • Ohio Northern University, J.D.

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Currently presiding over county civil cases;
  • Currently appointed acting circuit judge handling probate and trust litigation; non-dv injunction and risk protection hearings; review of ex-parte mental health petitions;
  • Presided over civil and criminal cases at the Melbourne Courthouse;
  • Former Brevard County Court Administrative Judge
  • Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the County Court;

JUDICIAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:

  • Appointed to the Judicial Management Council by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, November 2012 through June 2015 (Reappointed by the Chief Justice to a second term beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020);
  • Former County Court Administrative Judge

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Assigned by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court as associate judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal from February 10, 2020 through February 20, 2020
  • Former Assistant District Counsel with the U.S. Justice Department / U.S. Homeland Security;
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, Brevard County;
  • Former Special Counsel with the Brevard County School Board;
  • Former attorney with the local Fraternal Order of Police;
  • Former Conflict attorney for the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement;
  • Florida Bar member since 1987

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS

  • Current member of the Judicial Management Council;
  • 2019- A panel speaker for National Business Institute’s “The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do’s and Don’ts” seminar, Orlando Florida;
  • Former member of the Education Committee – Conference of County Court Judges;
  • Former member of the Traffic Rules Committee – Conference of County Court Judges;
  • Former member of the Awards Committee – Conference of County Court Judges

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Meals on Wheels, Volunteer driver, providing meals to home bound seniors each week since 2008;
  • Scholarship Sponsor, providing annual scholarship to a deserving public high school graduate since 2004;

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • 2019 – Recipient of the “governmental award” from Child Abuse Prevention Task Force (CAPTF of Brevard);
  • 2017 – Space Coast Public Service “Norm Wolfinger Justice” Award;
  • 2011 – Recipient of “governmental/legislative award” from Child Abuse Prevention Task Force (CAPTF of Brevard);
  • 2010 – Brevard C.A.R.E.S. “Certificate of Appreciation”