WATCH: Meet Steve Henderson, Candidate for Judge In the 18th Judicial Circuit

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Henderson has extensive trial and courtroom experience

WATCH: Steve Henderson sits down with Giles Malone for a one-on-one interview discussing Henderson’s background and reasons why he is running for judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit. (Paid for and approved by Steve Henderson, candidate for Circuit Judge in Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Steve Henderson is a candidate for Circuit Judge in Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, encompassing Brevard and Seminole County.

Henderson is currently a principal in the law firm Henderson Legal Group.  He is an experienced trial attorney, an exceptionally hard-working family man, and has volunteered countless hours representing the less fortunate, as well as military veterans and law enforcement officers and their families.

Henderson grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida and attended Freedom 7 Elementary School.  His dad, George, was an Army veteran with the 82nd Airborne and a highly respected engineer for McDonnell Douglas (Boeing).

Henderson’s dad was one of only three engineers selected to assist Japan in a joint United States/Japan space program.

He spent eight years in Nagoya, Japan and received his high school diploma from Nagoya International School and his time overseas gave him an invaluable perspective on other cultures, but also taught him that our Constitution, freedom, and judicial system are what make America the best country in the world.

Upon Henderson’s return to the United States, Steve attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

While at UCLA, Steve was in Army ROTC and attended Camp Challenge at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Steve also worked three jobs, including working as a tour guide using his bilingual skills. Upon graduation from UCLA, Steve moved to Seattle, Washington taking a job in international trade.

Steve Henderson, center, is endorsed by, left to right, Blaise Trettis, Lisa Cullen, Dana Blickley and Phil Archer. (Paid for and approved by Steve Henderson, candidate for Circuit Judge in Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit)

Henderson’s unique skill set allowed him to effectively introduce numerous American products and services into the foreign market place.

While working full time and raising a family, he attended law school at Seattle University School of Law where he received his law degree with honors.

While in law school, Henderson was involved in several pro bono legal clinics, including assisting victims of domestic violence. Upon graduation from law school in December 2002, he sat for and passed the February 2003 Washington State Bar Exam and then sat for and passed the July 2003 Florida Bar Exam. Passing two separate state bar exams within a 5-month period is a tribute to his hard work and intellect.

Henderson passed up financially lucrative jobs to return to his hometown of Brevard County and accepted a position with the public defender’s office of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Brevard and Seminole County.  Steve worked as a public defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit for over six years where he represented thousands of Brevard County residents.

Henderson has always maintained an extremely hard work ethic, putting himself through college and law school.

In 2010, he started his own law practice on a shoestring budget, where his first desk was the cardboard box from his office computer. He built a thriving law practice from the ground up and two years later, his wife Maria, who is also an attorney, joined him at his firm.

Henderson has represented clients in nearly all circuit court matters, including dependency, delinquency, criminal, family, and civil.  Steve also expanded his practice into federal court.

While his legal career has been gratifying, Henderson’s greatest joy is his family and the time spent with them.

He lives in Viera with his wife, Maria. Together they have five children; Michael, 22, Kayla, 20, Karsten, 19, Ryan, 13, Mckenzie, 10, and a chocolate lab, Kito.  Henderson lost his dad in 2002, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Knowing that life is precious and unpredictable, he appreciates every day he spends with his family.

What sets Henderson apart is not only his extensive trial and courtroom experience but his life experiences.

Those experiences allow him to better understand and relate to the citizens that may appear before him if he is elected. Henderson is passionate about public service.  He has chosen to pursue judicial candidacy so that he can continue with his desire to serve the citizens of Brevard and Seminole.

Henderson is endorsed by the Brevard County Medical Society; Blaise Trettis, 18th Judicial Public Defender; Phil Archer, State Attorney; Lisa Cullen, Brevard County Tax Collector; and Dana Blickley, Brevard County Property Appraiser.

Paid for and approved by Steve Henderson, candidate for Circuit Judge in Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit

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