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Photograph of Judge Edwin A. Scales, III Judge Robert J. Luck

Judge Robert J. Luck was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal by Governor Rick Scott, and took his seat on March 6, 2017. Judge Luck served, before his appointment, on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida from September 2013 to March 2017, and presided in the Criminal, Civil, and Appellate Divisions. Judge Luck, in his years as a trial court judge, tried seventy jury trials, and heard dozens of appeals from the county court and municipal agencies. Judge Luck was appointed to the circuit court in 2013, and elected by the voters of Miami-Dade County to retain his seat in 2016.

Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Luck was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Judge Luck, in his years as a federal prosecutor, was assigned to the Appeals, Major Crimes, and Economic Crimes Sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Judge Luck tried nineteen jury trials before the federal district court, and argued three appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In his final year in the Office, Judge Luck was a Deputy Chief in the Major Crimes Section.

Earlier in his career, Judge Luck was a legislative correspondent for two United States Senators, a law clerk and staff attorney to Circuit Judge Edward E. Carnes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and a part of the Greenberg Traurig firm’s appellate section. Judge Luck received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law magna cum laude, and was asked to join the Order of the Coif. Judge Luck also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review. Judge Luck received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Florida with highest honors.

Judge Luck, like his father before him, was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. Judge Luck is a product of the Miami-Dade County public schools, graduating from North Miami Beach Senior High School. Judge Luck still lives in Northeast Miami-Dade County with his wife and two children.