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|Current Court Information:|
|Florida Thirteenth Circuit Court|
|Appointed by:||Jeb Bush|
|Active:||11/2005 - 1/5/2015|
|Past post:||Deputy Chief Judge, Office of Judges of Compensation Claims|
|Past term:||2/2002 - 11/2005|
|Bachelors:||University of Maryland, 1981|
|Law School:||University of Baltimore, 1984 (J.D.); George Washington University, 1986 (LL.M.)|
|Grad. School:||Johns Hopkins University, 1992 (M.S.); University of South Florida, 1994 (M.A.), 1998 (Ph.D.); University of Maryland, 1996 (M.A.)|
Stephens holds seven college degrees:
- B.A., University of Maryland 1981
- J.D., University of Baltimore 1984
- LL.M., George Washington University 1986
- M.S., Johns Hopkins University 1992
- M.A., University of South Florida 1994
- M.A., University of Maryland 1996
- Ph.D., University of South Florida 1998
Stephens began his legal career as a private practice lawyer in Baltimore, MD. He moved his practice to Tampa, FL in 1988 and worked in that capacity through 1995.
Stephens then worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Florida-Tampa from 1996 to 1998 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at USF-Sarasota for two academic years from 1998 to 2000. He then became an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Tampa and served in that capacity for two more academic years.
In February of 2002, Stephens became a Deputy Chief Judge for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims. He worked in that capacity until he joined the Circuit Court in November of 2005. From July to November of 2003, he was also the Interim Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.