James E.C. Perry

James E.C. Perry

Florida Supreme Court

A native of New Bern, North Carolina, James E. C. Perry was appointed as the 85th Justice to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist and took office there on March 11, 2009. Before his appointment, he served as a Circuit judge of Florida's Eighteenth Judicial Circuit upon his appointment by Governor Jeb Bush in March 2000. Justice Perry later served as Chief Judge of the Circuit for a two-year term beginning July 2003.

He graduated from J. T. Barber High School. From there he attended Saint Augustine's University, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting. After serving Justice James E.C. Perryin the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, he went on to Columbia Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1972.

Justice Perry met his future bride, Adrienne M. Perry, Ph.D., while at Columbia Law School. A scholar in her own right, Mrs. Perry earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. She then went on to receive a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in education from the University of Florida. Formerly the Mayor of Longwood, Florida, Dr. Perry retired as chairperson of the Department of Education at Stetson University. Married since 1971, they have three children, two attorneys and a businessman.

Justice Perry has been actively involved in many community activities. A dedicated father, Perry managed his son’s AAU basketball team, the SanLando Greyhounds and played an active role in all their sports activities. Justice Perry’s commitment to improving children’s lives extends beyond his own family. As founder and president of the Jackie Robinson Sports Association, Perry built a baseball league serving 650 at-risk boys and girls – the largest in the nation. However, the Association did more than coach baseball. Volunteers also served as mentors and provided free tutoring.

Professional Experience
Florida Supreme Court
- Current
Circuit judge
Florida's Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
Chief Judge 2003-2005
Perry & Hicks, P.A.
specialized in civil and business law
Columbia Law School
J.D. (1972) | Law
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St. Augustine's University
B.A. (1966) | Business Administration and Accounting
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Award of Appreciation
North Brevard County Branch NAACP
Moot Court Competition Award
Puerto Rican Bar Association
Key to the City of Titusville Award
City of Titusville
President's Award
Florida Memorial University
Williams-Johnson Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award
Brevard and Seminole County Bar Associations
Humanitarian Award
Seminole County NAACP Humanitarian Award
Paul C. Perkins Award
Orange County Chapter NAACP
honorary Doctor of Law degree
Stetson University College of Law
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Mailing address
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Tallahassee , FL 32399-1925
Telephone: (850) 921-1096