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Judge Michael T. McHugh Takes Office as Chief Judge of the Twentieth Circuit

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Chief Judge Michael McHugh, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, was re-elected by his colleagues to serve another two-year term, running from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. He has served as chief judge since July 2015.

Currently, he is a member of the Workgroup On The Continuity Of Court Operations And Proceedings During And After Covid-19 and leads the subgroup on civil, probate, guardianship, and mental health courts. Also, Chief Judge McHugh is part of the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council.

He is assigned to the Civil Division in Lee County, having previously served in the Felony, Juvenile, and Family Law Divisions. He has served as the administrative judge both in the Family Law Division and the Civil Division.

Chief Judge McHugh received his BA in accounting and his law degree from the University of Florida. He started his legal career as an assistant state attorney in Fort Myers, where he worked from 1992 – 1995. After leaving this position, he was the managing attorney for Allstate’s staff counsel offices in Fort Myers and Tampa until his appointment to the circuit bench in April 2006.

In 2011, Chief Judge McHugh was named the Jurist of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates Southwest Florida Chapter. In addition to being on the faculty of Florida SouthWestern State College, where he teaches undergraduate legal courses, he is also very involved in community activities: he has chaired the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life two times and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Uncommon Friends Foundation, Greater Fort Myers Soccer Club, and Fort Myers American Little League.


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