Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. Biography

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr.

The Honorable Kenneth Lester, Jr.

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The Honorable:
Kenneth Lester, Jr.


EDUCATION:

  • William R. Boone High School, Orlando, 1971
  • BS, Accountancy, University of Central Florida, 1977
  • MS, Accountancy 1978
  • JD, University of Florida College of Law, 1980
  • Military, U.S. Navy, 1971-1977. Active Duty, 1971-1973

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Fowler, Williams and Airth, 1980 to 1982
  • Greenberg & Lester, Litigation in Civil and Criminal Matters, 1982 to 1990
  • Kenneth R. Lester, Jr., Sole Practitioner, Litigation in Civil and Criminal Matters, 1990 to 1996

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • First elected to Circuit Court in 1996
  • Re-elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014
  • Served primarily in the Criminal Division and Juvenile/Dependency/Probate Division​
  • Former Division Chief of Criminal, Criminal Appeals, Juvenile and Dependency/Probate Courts
  • Former Jury Judge
  • Former Administrative Judge, Seminole County
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court Mentor Judge

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Former President, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Former President, Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society
  • Former Chairman, 18th Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Member, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. District, Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Former Chairman, Seminole County Legal Memorial Committee
  • Lifetime Member, V.F.W.
  • Member of American Legion Campbell Lossing Post 53
  • Member, C.L.E.O.
  • U.S.A. Wrestling, Bronze Level Coach

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Military Awards for Service Including Combat Action for Vietnam Campaign
  • Various and sundry awards from State, Local and Law Related Entities Pertaining to Circuit Judge Performance