Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2020 as Florida’s 90th Supreme Court Justice, John D. Couriel has had a long and distinguished legal career leading up to his historic ceremonial investiture in 2021.
Early Life and Friendships
Born in Miami, John formed lifelong bonds from an early age, including with best friend Nelson Diaz, whom he met in kindergarten. Their shared commitment to excellence and public service started as young debaters.
Education and Early Career
After excelling as a high school debater thanks to hard work and generosity toward teammates, John earned degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School before clerking for a federal judge.
Transition to Public Service
Rather than stay in the private sector, John followed his calling to public service, becoming an assistant U.S. attorney and supervisor in the Southern District of Florida’s Major Crimes Division.
Return to Private Practice
John eventually returned to private practice as a partner at Kobre & Kim, but maintained his commitment to serve the greater good, as evidenced by his leadership investigating Puerto Rico’s financial crisis.
Recognizing his sharp legal mind and fair temperament, Governor DeSantis appointed John to the Florida Supreme Court in 2020 to fill a vacant seat.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented John’s initial investiture, making his October 2021 ceremony the first delayed swearing-in in the court’s 175-year history.
At the ceremony, friends like Nelson Diaz and Maximo Alvarez shared insights into John’s lifelong sense of purpose and service.
Governor DeSantis highlighted John’s understanding of the proper role of the courts and his ability to bring people together.
Oath of Office
Concluding the momentous occasion, former Justice Robert Luck administered the oath to John, formalizing his new role.
With his deep experience, integrity, and measured temperament, Justice Couriel will continue his record of distinguished public service on Florida’s highest court.