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Renatha Francis is a Circuit Court Judge in Palm Beach County, currently presiding over cases in the family/probate division. Previously, she served as a circuit and county court judge in Miami-Dade County, in the felony bond hearing, and county civil divisions, respectively. She is only the second black female in the history of Miami-Dade County to be appointed to the circuit court, her appointment coming some twenty-five years after the first.

As a lawyer, she served as an appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee for almost seven years, where she reviewed hundreds of cases, including extraordinary writs, all varying in complexity and novelty. Judge Francis also served Of Counsel at the prestigious law firm of Shutts & Bowen, in Miami, as a member of the Class Action and Mass Litigation Practice Group, representing large corporate clients. Following her appointment to the bench, Judge Francis has presided over large dockets, including in an appellate capacity, all while resolving cases swiftly, fairly, and with respect for the rule of law.

Judge Francis has been a member of many associations. These include the American Appellate Inn of Court, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (“FAWL”), several local Bar associations, and she currently serves on the board of the newly-formed, Sheree D. Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association. The Florida Supreme Court also appointed her to serve on the prestigious Judicial Management Council - Workgroup on Appellate Review of County Court Decisions, to study and make recommendations regarding appellate procedure from the county courts to the higher courts. Additionally, she’s been a panelist or participant at numerous conferences, before, and since her tenure on the bench, including the Bench & Bar. She supports House of Protection, a Christian Charity, which focuses on counseling children and families in need.

Judge Francis earned her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and her B.Sc., with high honors, from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Before her legal career, Judge Francis simultaneously and successfully owned and operated two small businesses in her native island of Jamaica, all while being a full-time student and raising a younger sibling. She and her husband are now the proud parents of two rambunctious boys, ages 1 ½ and 4 years old, who keep her busy and sleepless.

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