VIDEO: Judge John ‘Dean’ Moxley Served Brevard County With Distinction For More Than 40 Years

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Outstanding State Attorney and Circuit Judge

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Judge John “Dean” Moxley was elected Circuit Judge in January 1985, he served until January 2015 and became the longest serving Circuit Judge in the 18th Circuit. He served in the probate, guardianship, criminal, civil and family divisions.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – John Dean Moxley was born in Coral Gables, Florida on April 2, 1944 as his father John Dean Moxley, Sr. was stationed there during World War II as a member of the United States Army Air Force.

Judge Moxley’s family was a service family and his father retired as a Lt. Col. in 1955 at Mitchell Air Force Base, New York. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 1962.

Judge Moxley then attended Duke University from 1962 to 1966 for undergraduate studies. He received a degree in Business Administration and was in Air Force ROTC. Upon graduation, he received the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. Judge Moxley then attended the Duke University School of Law and received a Law degree in 1969.

After passing the Florida bar examination, he was commissioned a captain in the Judge Advocates and served from February 1970 to February 1974 at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

While there, he met Linda who was a registered nurse in the Air Force. They married on May 14, 1971 and have two sons: Chad born June 13, 1972 and Shawn born October 18, 1976.

Judge Moxley’s duties at Holloman Air Force Base were to advise the Procurement office and review contracts it entered into, trying courts-martial and administrative proceedings, and giving legal advice to service members requesting it.

THE MOXLEY FAMILY: Left to right – Shawn, Linda, Dean and Chad.

Elected to Circuit Court

After leaving the service in July 1974, he became an Assistant State Attorney for the 18th Circuit. He served until November 1984 when he became a Circuit Judge for an open position that resulted in him being unopposed in the election.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: From February 1970 to date, Judge Dean Moxley has either tried or presided in more than 700 jury trials.

At the State Attorney’s office he became Chief Trial Attorney assisting the other assistants in both trial strategy and trial skills. Judge Moxley conducted continuing education with the assistants by housing forensic experts speak on their expertise and having the assistants witness significant events such as an autopsy by the Local Medical Examiner.

He was active in the courtroom prosecuting first degree murders in both Seminole and Brevard counties and handling special trial assignments.

Elected Circuit Judge in January 1985, he served until January 2015 and became the longest serving Circuit Judge in the 18th Circuit. He served in the probate, guardianship, criminal, civil and family divisions.

For 17 years he also administered the Circuit Court Appellate Division, and as part of that duty, he presided over all cases involving extraordinary writs. He handled complex civil cases. One was a securities fraud case involving 592 plaintiffs that took 7 years to conclude. Another was a case involving the Space Shuttle that resulted in a two month jury trial.

He was elected Chief Judge of the Circuit twice and served from 1995 to 1999.

Part of his duties was to plan for the demobilization of the Rockledge Courthouse and most of the Melbourne Courthouse, and the population of the Viera Courthouse. He conducted summits of the judges to plan that change as well as the layout of the courtrooms and different parts of the facility, working closely with the general contractor.

His extracurricular activities involved the Florida Bar, the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court and the Brevard County Bar Association.

The Central Florida American Board of Trial Advocates in November 2012 recognized Judge Dean Moxley, right, as trial judge of the year in Central Florida for his outstanding service and dedication to the preserving the right of civil trial by jury for the citizens of the state of Florida. Judge Moxley is being congratulated by Judge John Antoon, left, who won the award the previous year. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Trusted Mentor to Many

Active in the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, he became chairman of the sentencing committee 1985 to 1986 at the time the new sentencing guidelines were promulgated.

He was elected to the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section and then elected Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar from 1991 to 1992.

While on the Executive Council and as Chairman, he became active in teaching trial advocacy to lawyers. On April 7, 1991 the National Institute for Trial Advocacy awarded Judge Moxley a Diploma for Teaching Trial Advocacy Skills at Harvard Law School.

For 15 years at the Prosecutor Public Defender training at University of Florida Law School he taught new prosecutors and public defenders the skills of trial advocacy. For the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, he taught experienced civil lawyers trial advocacy for seven years at the University of Florida Law School.

Judge Moxley was also active in the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court. He has been a member for 23 years, and for several years, was on the Executive Board. He became president of the Inn and served 2002 through 2003.

In 2017 he received the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court Mission Award in appreciation for his service as a legal professional.

For his service as a member of the Brevard County judiciary he was presented an award recognizing his dedication to the mission of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court to promote professionalism, ethics, civility and legal excellence among the members of the legal community.

Judge Moxley has always been on teams for the Inn and has been the captain of several of them. He was active in the Brevard County Bar Association and received the President’s Award in appreciation of his outstanding service in public and media relations.

Clerk of Court Ray Winstead, left, presents the minutes during Judge Dean Moxley, center, and Judge John Antoon’s investiture ceremony on Jan 7, 1985. Elected Circuit Judge in January 1985, Judge Moxley served until January 2015 and became the longest serving Circuit Judge in the 18th Circuit. He served in the probate, guardianship, criminal, civil and family divisions. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Trial Judge of the Year

On October 12, 2016 after a year of preparation with all participants, he presented for the association a Night with the Super Judges at Eastern Florida State College with regard to problems he had written and which were performed by the members of the Bar Association. Judges Antoon, Evander, Torpy and Jacobus then provided insight on how the judges think and rule in real life situations.

The Central Florida American Board of Trial Advocates in November 2012 recognized Judge Moxley as trial judge of the year in Central Florida for his outstanding service and dedication to the preserving the right of civil trial by jury for the citizens of the state of Florida.

From February 1970 to date, Judge Moxley has either tried or presided in 700 jury trials.

Since January 2015, Judge Moxley served as a volunteer judge for one year, and is now as an active senior handling in Brevard and Seminole counties civil, probate, guardianship, dependency and criminal cases in both circuit and county court.

In September, Judge Moxley was honored with Lifetime Achievement recognition during the Space Coast Public Service Awards, which honors our dedicated public servants who have served selflessly with distinction, and whose work can be viewed as models of public service within and outside the work environment. 

Judge Moxley will be honored with the 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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Sheriff Wayne Ivey, center, had the honor of attending the retirement ceremony in 2015 for the Honorable Judge Jack Griesbaum, left, and the Honorable Judge Dean Moxley. Since then, Judge Moxley has served as a volunteer judge for one year, and now as an active senior handling in Brevard and Seminole counties civil, probate, guardianship, dependency and criminal cases in both circuit and county court. (BCSO image)

In additional to his professional contributions to Brevard County and its residents, Judge Dean Moxley, far left, has coached youth soccer for the past 25 years.

The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created eight years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2017 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2017 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.

ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

ORGANIZATIONS
• BCSO Animal Services
• BCSO Honor Guard
• Brevard Guardian Ad Litem
• BIMDA
• Brevard C.A.R.E.S
• Driven by Heart (formerly Breast Friends)
• Genesis House
• Health First Foundation
• Space Coast Harley-Davidson
• Tess Brady and OASIS
• Total Home Roofing

INDIVIDUALS
• Rosette Brown
• Randy Coleman
• Bill Ellis
• Bjornar and Bjorg Hermansen
• Eugene Johnson
• Adrian Lafitte
• Dr. Romain Onteniente
• Valerie Paul
• Joan Throm
• Robin Whiting
• Steve Wilson
• The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Judge Dean Moxley.

The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.  Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

Dr. Jim Palermo

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the eight consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of “Space Coast Health Week,” a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Florida Tech, Health First, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Brevard Geriatrics, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Rock Paper Simple, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

Tom Palermo

Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 2 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.


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