Closing Date: 31st July, 2023


In 2008, the Florida Legislature authorized the creation of a specialized Workers’ Compensation Unit at the First District Court of Appeal. The First District has exclusive, statewide, jurisdiction over all workers’ compensation appeals and extraordinary writ petitions. The Unit’s staff attorneys prepare summaries of cases for the court’s judges. This includes reviewing the case file, summarizing the facts and arguments, analyzing the issues involved, and recommending a disposition. Staff attorneys also assist in drafting opinions, conduct legal research, assist with speeches and presentations, and perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Judge or Director of the Unit.

Education and Training Guidelines
  • Graduation from an accredited law school is required, top 25% and law journal or moot court experience preferred.
  • Experience in the practice of workers’ compensation law preferred.
  • Membership in good standing with The Florida Bar required.

*Staff Attorneys are paid according to the Florida State Court System Appellate Staff Attorney Pay Plan, which currently provides as follows:
  • DC Staff Attorney- $54,919.86 annually (less than one year of experience practicing law subsequent to passing the Florida Bar examination)
  • DC Senior Staff Attorney- $62,281.69 annually (at least two years’ experience practicing law subsequent to passing the Florida Bar examination)
  • DC Career Attorney- $70,058.39 annually (at least five years’ experience practicing law subsequent to passing the Florida Bar examination, or five years’ experience as a law clerk/staff attorney)

Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills. Ability to work independently. Ability to maintain a large caseload and meet deadlines. Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, and court rules and procedures. Ability to grasp, comprehend, and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual matters. Ability to perform exacting work, attentive to details. Ability to digest and communicate ideas and concepts. Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court. Ability to work effectively with judges and court staff.

Special Comments
Opened Until Filled; applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The Florida State Courts System offers a comprehensive selection of State of Florida employee benefits: membership in the Florida Retirement System, optional enrollment in a subsidized Health insurance plan, optional enrollment in Life, Dental, and Disability insurance plans, and paid term life insurance.

How to Apply
For additional information and to apply visit the First District Court of Appeal Employment website at

Submit a State of Florida application, cover letter, resume, list of references, law school transcript (unofficial copy acceptable), and writing sample to: First District Court of Appeal; 2000 Drayton Drive; Tallahassee, Florida 32399

For additional information about the job advertised contact Leslie Tharp at 850-717-8131

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call (850) 488-8136 in advance or the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position.

Persons using a TTY/TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-955-8771.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.