Meredith Sasso appointed to the Florida Supreme Court
Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Chief Judge Meredith Sasso to the Florida Supreme Court.
“I am incredibly honored that Gov. Ron DeSantis is entrusting me with this position,” said Sasso, currently the chief judge at the Sixth District Court of Appeal headquartered in Lakeland. “The judiciary plays a critical and unique role in our constitutional government, and I am resolutely committed to upholding the rule of law for as long as I am privileged to serve.”
Sasso is the fourth woman and, as a Cuban-American, the fourth Hispanic justice Gov. DeSantis has appointed to the high court since taking office in 2019. Sasso fills the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Justice Ricky Polston.
“I am proud to appoint Judge Meredith Sasso to the Florida Supreme Court because her fidelity to the constitution will help preserve freedom in our state for generations to come,” DeSantis said. “As a Cuban-American woman who understands the importance of our constitutional system and the rule of law, Judge Sasso will serve our state well.”
Sasso is the seventh woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. With this appointment, there will be three women sitting on the Florida Supreme Court simultaneously for the first time in Florida history.
“The Florida Bar and its members send their congratulations and well wishes to Chief Judge Meredith Sasso in her appointment to the Florida Supreme Court. We look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Florida Bar President Gary Lesser. “We also want to recognize the dedication of the Supreme Court Judicial Nomination Commission and thank them for their hard work in providing quality candidates for consideration.”
Sasso received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2005 and her law degree from the University of Florida in 2008, where she was a member of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board. Judge Sasso began her career in private practice, representing clients in large loss general liability, auto negligence, and complex commercial claims in state and federal courts at trial and on appeal. She also served as a guardian ad litem, representing abused or neglected children.
Prior to serving on the court, Sasso served as chief deputy general counsel for Gov. Rick Scott. In that role, she represented the Governor’s Office in litigation before the Florida Supreme Court, the First District Court of Appeal, and state and federal trial courts, among other duties. In January 2019, she was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Sasso was recommissioned to the Sixth DCA from the Fifth District on January 1.
Sasso also led the effort to implement the new law creating the new Sixth DCA. She was charged with managing the myriad operational and fiscal components necessary to activate and maintain a district court of appeal, including recruiting and hiring employees, overseeing judicial and case management, and the assessment and implementation of technology requirements.
Judge Sasso was raised in Tallahassee and is married with two children. She currently serves as an appointed member of The Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee. She is also a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network and the Federalist Society.
Originally published at https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/meredith-sasso-appointed-to-the-florida-supreme-court/