Join us in congratulating fellow alum Robin Lanigan (‘00) on her appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Duval County Court. Robin replaces retiring Judge Pauline Drake. She was in private practice until 2016 when she was appointed Magistrate. In her former practice, family law matters were the bulk of her caseload. This included dissolution of marriage, enforcement, modifications, drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, custody, emergencies, interstate matters, and Hague litigation. She represented clients with domestic violence and stalking injunctions, as well as some county court and small claims matters. Additionally, she has been appointed to represent children in both family law and criminal law matters.

Robin grew up in South Florida and moved to Jacksonville in 1997 to attend Florida Coastal School of Law. She is part of three generations of female attorneys; her mother and her oldest daughter are also attorneys. Robin has the distinction of being the first Jewish female Judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval & Nassau counties).

She remains active in the Florida Family Law Inn of Court, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Florida Bar, and Federalist Society. Her community service includes work at the Jewish Family & Community Services, Family Nurturing Center, Ahavath Chesed congregation, Tocqueville Society, Stein Fellowship, women’s Giving Alliance, Women United, and the Sisterhood at Temple Beth El.

Thank you Robin for your service and for representing the legal profession so well in our community! You definitely embody your alma mater’s core values!