About Marjorie Gadarian Graham

Marjorie Gadarian Graham grew up in the Florida panhandle, and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School. She received her BA degree from Northwestern University, with a major in German and a minor in comparative literature. She received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. She and her husband, Dr. Stuart Graham, have resided in the Town of Jupiter Island for 25 years. In addition to her extensive activities as a lawyer, since 1997, she has been active in her community and presently serves on the Town’s Board of Adjustment. She is a certified master gardener. She enjoys cooking and has a cookbook collection of more than 750 books.

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Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, replaced by admission to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Experience

  • Marjorie Gadarian Graham, P.A., 1987 to present
  • Jones & Foster, P.A., 1974-1987 (Shareholder)
  • Research Aide to the Honorable James H. Walden, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1972-1973

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association (1974 to present)
  • American Bar Association  (1974 to present)
  • Florida Justice Association  (2007 to present)
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association (2007 to present)
  • Treasure Coast Justice Association (2014 to present)
  • Defense Research Institute (1982 – 2008)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (1985 – 2008)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers (Member 1974 – 1996)

Service on Bar Committees

  • American Law Institute (Life Member, elected in 1987)
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners (Member, 1984 – 1989; Chair of Questions Committee for two years)
  • Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (1982 – 1998; Vice Chair 1990-1994; Chair 1994-1998)
  • Nominating Commission for Fourth District Court of Appeal (1979 – 1982; 2002-2005; Chair 1981-1982)
  • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (Member 1978 – 1980; Vice Chair 1979 – 1980)
  • Florida Bar Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (Member 2000-2007; Vice-Chair 2004-2005; Chair 2005-2006)
  • Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee (1973 – 1988; 2012 – 2015)
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (2002 – 2005)
  • Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee (Member, 1988 – 2002; Vice-Chair, 2001 – 2002; Member 2007 – 2012)
  • Fourth District Court of Appeal Appellate Advisory Committee (Member, Chair 1977 – 1978)
  • Florida Bar Civil Appellate Practice Certification Committee (Member 2015)

Civic & Community Service

  • Town of Jupiter Island Employee Grievance Committee (Chair 1999-2007)
  • Town of Jupiter Island Board of Adjustment (Alternate Member, 2007 to 2014, Member 2014 to present)
  • Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization – Citizen’s Involvement Roundtable (member 1997-1999)
  • Forum Club of the Palm Beaches (Member 2007-present)
  • Friends of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Board of Directors (member 2007-2011)
  • Martin County Master Gardeners (1997 – 2000)
  • Palm Beach County United Way Board of Directors (Member, 1977-1979)
  • Northwestern University Leadership Council (Member 2011 – Present)

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America – 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice (West Palm Beach Metropolitan Area)
  • Best Lawyers in America: 2007-2016 editions
  • Florida Super Lawyers: 2006 – 2016
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Florida Supreme Court, Silver Award for Exceptional pro Bono Service (2011)

Other Professional Committees

  • Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee (1973 – 1988; 2012 – 2015)
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (2002 – 2005)
  • Fourth District Court of Appeal Appellate Advisory Committee (Member, Chair 1977-1979)
  • Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee (Member, 1988 – 2002; Vice Chair 2001 – 2002; Member, 2007 – 2012)
  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice & Advisory Section (Member, Executive Council, 1993 – 1997)