Note: Judgepedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 2 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
Starting on March 2, all Judgepedia content will be contained on For status updates, visit

Elizabeth Kovachevich

From Judgepedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Elizabeth Kovachevich
Placeholder image.png
Do you have a photo that could go here? Submit it for this profile by emailing us!
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Station:   Tampa Bay, FL
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   3/9/1982 - Present
Chief:   1996 - 2002
Preceded by:   George Young
Past post:   Florida Sixth Circuit Court
Past term:   1973-1982
Personal History
Born:   1936
Hometown:   Canton, IL
Undergraduate:   University of Miami, B.A., 1958
Law School:   Stetson U. Law, J.D., 1961
Elizabeth Anne Kovachevich is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Prior to appointment, Kovachevich was a circuit court judge on Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit[1]

Early life and education

A Illinois native, Kovachevich moved to Florida to pursue her studies by attending St. Petersburg Junior College and graduating with an Associate's degree in 1956 in addition to earning a bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Miami in 1958 before earning her juris doctorate degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1961.[1]

Professional career

Kovachevich started her legal career as a Research and administrative aide assisting legislators in the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation of the Florida State Legislature in 1961 before becoming a Private practice attorney licensed in the State of Florida later in 1961 until 1973. In 1973, Kovachevich was appointed Circuit Court Judge on Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit until her appointment to the Federal Bench in 1982.[1]

Judicial career

Middle District of Florida

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins, Kovachevich was nominated by Ronald Reagan on January 26, 1982 to a seat vacated by George C. Young as Young assumed senior status. Kovachevich was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1982 on a Senate vote and received commission on March 9, 1982. Kovachevich has served as chief judge of the court working also as the lead administrative officers of the court from 1996 to 2002.[1]

Notable cases

See also

External links


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
George C. Young
Middle District of Florida
Seat #4
Succeeded by: