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Richard L. Oftedal

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Richard L. Oftedal
Current Court Information:
Florida Fifteenth Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Group 20
Appointed by:   Bob Martinez
Active:   8/2/1988 - 1/2019
Preceded by:   William Rutter, Jr.
Past post:   First General Counsel, Palm Beach County School Board
Past term:   1983 - 1988
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Virginia, 1973
Law School:   University of Florida College of Law, 1976
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Fifteenth Circuit Court
State:  Florida
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Election vote:  ApprovedA
Richard L. Oftedal is a judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed by former Governor Bob Martinez in July of 1988, effective Aug. 2. He replaced retired Judge William Rutter, Jr. His current term expires in January of 2019.[1][2][3]


Oftedal received his B.S. degree (in Nuclear Engineering) from the University of Virginia in 1973. After a short stint as an engineer at Duke Power Company in North Carolina, he moved to Florida. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1976.[4][5]


Oftedal, after graduating in 1976, began his career with the private practice firm of Jackson and Jackson in Palm Beach. He later moved to the firm of Haines and Rossow. In 1980, he became a personnel attorney for the Palm Beach County School Board. He was promoted to First General Counsel for the School Board in 1983. He worked in that capacity until he was appointed to the circuit court in 1988.[5]

2012 election

Oftedal was unopposed and automatically re-elected following the primary election on August 14, 2012.[6]

See also: Florida judicial elections, 2012

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