John Schlesinger

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John Schlesinger
Court Information:
Florida Eleventh Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Active:   2005-2017
Past position:   Assistant U.S. Attorney
Past term:   1988-1999; 2001-2004
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Boston College, 1982
Law School:   Suffolk University Law School, 1987
John Schlesinger is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division, in Florida. He was elected to the court on August 31, 2004 and took office in 2005. He ran unopposed and was retained in the August 24, 2010 primary to a six-year term that ends on January 2, 2017.[1][2][3][4][5]


Schlesinger received his B.A. degree from Boston College in 1982 and his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1987.[3]


  • 2002-2004: National Security Section
  • 1999-2000: Attorney, Clarke Silverglate, P.A.
  • 1988-1999: Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • 1993-1995: Deputy Chief of Major Crimes
  • 1998-1999: Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
  • 1987-1988: Department of Homeland Security[3]

Awards and associations

  • Board of Directors, Camp Fiesta Children’s Cancer Caring Center
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Miami
  • Mentor, St. Thomas University’s Law School
  • St. Augustine’s Catholic Church[6]


Judge Schlesinger is married to celebrity and former circuit judge Marilyn Milian of the TV show "The People's Court."[7]

Judicial philosophy

In an article by Mark Sylvester, formerly of Leesfield & Partners, P.A., Judge Schlesinger is quoted:

As a trial attorney, you advocate orally for your client, as a judge you have to learn to talk less and listen more.[6][8]

He also stated,

During my career at the United States Attorney’s Office, I was assigned to Judge Hoevler’s division, as well as Judge Atkins, and Judge Scott to name a few. These judges epitomized what it means to be a judge. I learned a great deal from these judges and they helped form my judicial philosophy.[6][8]

2010 election

Schlesinger ran unopposed and was automatically retained to a new term.[4][9]

Main article: Florida judicial elections, 2010

See also

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