Alachua County has been my home for more than four decades. It’s where I met my spouse, raised our daughters and built a legal career spanning 35 years. I’ve committed my life to serving our community and seeking justice. It would be my honor to serve as your Alachua County Judge.
— Craig
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An experienced attorney and legal educator with a commitment to excellence, reasoned judgement and equality under the law.

 

Craig DeThomasis has been a resident of Alachua County since 1976 and has been practicing law in this jurisdiction for over 35 years. During that time he has litigated cases throughout the Eighth Judicial Circuit (which includes the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union) in the criminal, traffic, civil, juvenile, dependency, domestic relations and family courts. He has tried more than 100 jury trials in Alachua County Court. 

In addition to providing legal representation to numerous citizens appearing before the Judges of Alachua County, Craig has served as an Adjunct Lecturer and Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law for 28 years. He is responsible for training law students in the skills necessary to provide effective representation with a significant focus on the necessary ethics and professionalism required of lawyers. The students he trains become certified by the Florida Supreme Court to practice as Asst. State Attorneys and Asst. Public Defenders in the Alachua County Court.

CRAIG is the ONLY candidate who has been:

  • An Attorney in Alachua County for 35 years (with 31 years in private practice; Craig has represented individuals in the criminal, civil, traffic, family, dependency, domestic violence, juvenile, and diversion courts)

  • A trial attorney with greater than 100 jury trials in the Alachua County Court

  • Teaching Trial Practice for 28 years at University of Florida College of Law

  • Awarded the highest ratings in ethical standards and legal ability by both Florida Bar approved rating services

  • A six year member, three years as chairman, of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (Responsible for reviewing complaints and conducting investigations of alleged lawyer misconduct.)

  • Called upon to testify as an expert witness in cases of attorney disipline and claims of ineffective assistance of counsel 

  • President of the Justice J.C. Adkins Inn of Court (an organization of lawyers and judges dedicated to instilling the highest level of ethics in the practice of law)

  • Endorsed by Former Judges:

    • Larry G. Turner (Circuit Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit)

    • Nath C. Doughtie (Alachua County and Eighth Circuit Judge)

    • David M. Gersten (Chief Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal)

  • President of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (an organization dedicated to promoting excellence and integrity in the practice of criminal law)

  • A two-time recipient of The Florida Bar’s Meritorious Public Service Award

  • Graduate of Leadership Gainesville (Class XXII), a 10-month community leadership program hosted by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Board of Directors member, Children’s Home Society Mid-Florida Division (six years)

  • Board of Directors member, Bikers on Parade for the USA (A non-profit organization raising funds to provide assistance to local Veterans of the Armed Forces)

 
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