Who is Belvin Perry?
Belvin Perry is an American personal-injury attorney and former chief judge in Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. He is also known for being the presiding judge for the high profile Casey Anthony murder trial.
Belvin began his law career in 1977 with the Office of the State Attorney serving as a Trial Attorney. He climbed up the ladder with the State Attorney’s Office. He concluded his service with the prosecutor’s office as Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1989.
Perry later became the first African-American to be elected to the circuit bench of the Ninth Circuit in January 1989 without first being appointed. Perry has served as a judge for over two decades and has served as an Administrative Judge in Osceola County. He served nine terms Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Perry has served on the Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee; Supreme Court Local Rule Advisory Committee; Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness – Guardianship Subcommittee among others. He has served as the first African-American Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges.
Belvin has served as President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, 2010 -2011. He has also served as Chair of the Florida Innocence Commission. He continues to serve on the Trial Court Budget Commission where he previously served as Chair for four years.
Belvin retired from the bench in 2014 and immediately joined Orlando law firm of Morgan & Morgan as a personal injury attorney.
He was recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the 20 most powerful people in Orlando in 2001, 2004, 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Orlando. He was also recognized as one of their Power 100 in 2011. In the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was recognized by Orlando Sentinel Columnist Scott Maxwell as one of the 25 most powerful people in Central Florida.
Belvin Perry Jr. earned the 2009 FLABOTA Jurist of the Year presented by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates for his work and dedication on the bench. He was also recognized as the 2009 Trial Judge of the Year presented by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida awarded him the 2005 Jurist of the Year Award.
In February 2020, Belvin filed to run for Orange-Osceola state attorney. This came after the then state attorney for the district, Aramis Ayala, said she would not run for re-election the same year.
How Old is Belvin Perry?
Belvin Perry Jr. is 70 years old as of 2019. He was born on 10th October 1949 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Belvin Perry Parents – Background
He was born to Belvin Perry, Sr. and Jessie M. Perry of Orlando, Florida. His mother worked as a public school teacher and his father served in law enforcement. He was one of the first two African-American police officers to be hired by the Orlando Police Department.
Belvin Perry Education
Perry attended Jones High School in Orlando. He then attended Tuskegee University where he received a Bachelor of Science in History in 1972. In 1974, he earned a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services. To study law, Belvin joined Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In 1977, he received his Juris Doctor. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Belvin Perry Casey Anthony
Perry presided over the case “State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony”, in which Casey Anthony was charged in the death of her daughter Caylee Anthony. Casey had been charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Child Abuse, and Aggravated Manslaughter of a child but later found not guilty.
However, she was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.
Belvin was also the lead attorney in the case of Florida v. Buenoaño. Judy Buenoano was tried and convicted of killing her son Michael Goodyear and her husband at the time, James Goodyear.
Judge Belvin Perry Salary
Judge Belvin earns a great amount of money from his legal career. However, his salary is not yet disclosed.
Belvin Perry Net Worth
Belvin’s net worth is still under review.
Belvin Perry Awards
- 2014 Historical Society of Central Florida – John Young History Maker Present Award 2013
- 2014 Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award;
- Central Florida Urban League Bob Billingsley Legacy Award;
- 2012 James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award by the Orange County Bar;
- 2012 Judge William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for Professionalism by the Florida Bar
- 2005 Golden Bell Award presented by the Mental Health Association of Central Florida
- Drum Major Award presented by Dr. I.S. Hankins/F.A. Johnson Education Foundation, Inc.
- Founders Award presented by Florida Partners in Crisis
- Friend of Law-Related Education Award presented by the Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc.
- 2003 Appreciation Award from presented by the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association for meritorious service and dedication to the legal community.