About Florida Attorney Kim Anthony Skievaski

A former circuit judge, Mr. Skievaski is now available to provide his extensive training and legal experience to private citizens accused of a crime and those who have been injured and seek full and just compensation.

A life long resident of Northwest Florida, Mr. Skievaski is originally from Niceville. He served his country proudly as an enlisted member of the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976. Coming from humble origins, Mr. Skievaski used his G.I. Bill benefits to advance his education. He received an A.A. degree from Okaloosa-Walton Jr. College, now known as Northwest Florida State College, with high honors. While there he was inducted into the national honor society of Phi Theta Kappa. In 1995, he was the recipient of that college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. Skievaski completed his undergraduate work at Florida State University receiving a degree from its renowned School of Criminology. He was awarded his B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude. He received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Within a month of receiving his law degree, he began trying cases as an Assistant State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit. While with the State Attorneys Office, he completed the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute sponsored by the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Holland Law Center of the University of Florida.

Mr. Skievaski quickly won a reputation as an aggressive and firm, but fair prosecutor. After several years, Mr. Skievaski left the State Attorneys office and entered private practice in Pensacola where he engaged in a civil and criminal trial practice. He eventually returned to the role of prosecutor and became the Chief Assistant State Attorney for Santa Rosa County serving under Curtis Golden, State Attorney for the First Circuit. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Skievaski prosecuted a number of high profile First Degree Murder cases and received recognition for his trial skills and thorough preparation. In 1990, he was elected without opposition to serve as a Circuit Judge for the First Judicial Circuit and subsequently was unopposed during four elections. In January 2010, he elected to leave the bench and return to the practice of law.

During his service on the bench, Mr. Skievaski was recognized as one of the outstanding jurists in Northwest Florida. Within two years of ascending to the bench, he was recognized in a poll of attorneys conducted by the Pensacola News Journal as the highest rated State or Federal judge in Escambia/Santa Rosa counties. Mr. Skievaski served for six years as the Chief Judge of the First Circuit and three terms as the Chairman of the Judicial Administrative Committee which is composed of all the Chief Judges of the State of Florida. He was also appointed as a mentor judge by the Supreme Court of Florida and tasked with mentoring new judges who assumed the bench within the First Circuit.

Mr. Skievaski has served on and continues to serve on several committees and task forces designated by the Florida Supreme Court. These include the Committee on Access to Court Records, the Committee on Privacy and Court Records and the Electronic Filing Committee. He also recently completed service on the blue ribbon Commission on Character and Fitness of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners comprised of some of the most esteemed and recognized attorneys and judges in the State of Florida. Mr. Skievaski also performed voluntary service in a Drug court division in addition to his regular administrative and court duties.

As a trial attorney and trial court judge, Mr. Skievaski has either tried or presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases including highly complex litigation. Mr. Skievaski has served as an adjunct instructor at Pensacola Jr. College teaching Rules of Criminal procedure and Criminal Constitutional law. He has lectured and presented training seminars on diverse areas of the law on multiple occasions to other judges and attorneys. Mr. Skievaski has demonstrated a keen legal intellect, dedication and hard work and a masterful understanding of the criminal and civil justice system.

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