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Shelby Highsmith

Shelby Highsmith, American federal judge. Bar: Florida 1958. Decorated Bronze Star; recipient Outstanding Alumni Achievement Law award, University Missouri, 1998, Korean War Service medal, President South Korea on 50th Anniversary of Korean War, Distinguished Alumnus award, Georgia Military College, 2002.


  • Highsmith, Shelby was born on January 31, 1929 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Son of Isaac Shelby and Edna Mae (Phillips) Highsmith.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, Georgia Military College, 1948. Bachelor, Juris Doctor, University Kansas City, 1958.


    • Trial attorney, Kansas City, Missouri, 1958-1959, Miami, Florida, 1959-1970. Circuit judge Dade County, 1970-1975. Senior partner Highsmith, Strauss, Glatzer & Deutsch, P.A., Miami, 1975-1991.

      Judge United States District Court Florida Southern District, 1991—2008.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1958.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Chief legal adviser Governor's War on Crime Program, 1967-1968. Special counsel Florida Racing Commission, 1969-1970. Member Inter-Agency Law Enforcement Planning Council Florida, 1969-1970.

    Served to captain Army of the United States, 1949-1955. Fellow International Society Barristers. Member American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, Bench and Robe, Torch and Scroll, Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, (Highlands, North Carolina), Omicron Delta, Phi Alpha Delta.


    • Married Mary Jane Zimmerman, November 25, 1972. Children: Holly Law, Shelby, Junior.
    • father: Isaac Shelby Highsmith
    • mother: Edna Mae (Phillips) Highsmith
    • spouse: Mary Jane Zimmerman
    • children: Holly Law Highsmith
    • Shelby Highsmith
    • Junior Highsmith
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    Born January 31, 1929