Monterey Campbell - Attorney at Law

One Lake Morton Drive
Post Office Box 3 (33802-0003)
Lakeland, Florida 33801

P 863-284-2200
F 863-688-0310
D 863-284-2262

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Monterey, known as either "Monte" or "Buddy," was born in Bartow, Florida, on November 30, 1930. He received his bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws degrees from the University of Florida in 1952 and 1954, respectively. He then served as an officer on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956. From 1956 to 1980, Monte practiced law in a small multi-member law firm that engaged in general practice but emphasized business law and civil trial practice.

In addition to Monte's private practice as a partner in his law firm, from 1959 to 1977 he was a special part-time prosecuting attorney for Polk County. The last six of those years he served as chief assistant state attorney and was charged with the responsibility of advising the grand jury and trying major cases. From 1969 to 1980, he was general counsel to the Florida Citrus Commission. He also served several successive terms as chairman of The Florida Bar's 10th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

Gov. Graham appointed Monte to the 2nd District Court of Appeal and he took office on February 8, 1980. He was retained in 1982, 1988 and 1994. He served as chief judge of the court from 1988 to 1990. In 1985, 1987 and 1991, he was elected by the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges to represent that conference on the Florida Judicial Council, and in 1995, he was appointed by the chief justice to serve on the successor Judicial Management Council. Monte served as president of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges from 1995 to 1996. He also served as chief justice appointee to the State/Federal Judicial Council.

During his tenure on the court, he served on The Florida Bar's Judicial Administration Selection and Tenure Committee as chair, the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, the Appellate Rules Committee and the Florida Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Local Rules as chair. He served as an active judge on the court for over 20 years.

Monte's practice concentrates on appeals related to business and other civil litigation, and since his return to the practice of law, he has been involved in trial and appellate matters before all levels of our state and federal courts.

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  • University of Florida, B.A. (1952)
  • University of Florida, LL.B. (1954)
  • University of Florida, J.D. (1967) - substituted for bachelor of law degree 
  • Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2010 - 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Judicature Society
  • 26th Annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Moot Court Competition, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Judge, 2011 
Articles & Publications
  • Co-author with Kristie Hatcher-Bolin, “Board of Trustees of Internal Improvement Trust Fund v. American Education Enterprises: The Development of the Certiorari Standard in Florida,"  Stetson Law Review, Winter 2013, Florida Appellate Law: Certiorari Review of Non-Final Orders (Vol. 42, No. 2) 
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Tampa Top Rated Lawyer, Litigation, 2013
  • Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Appellate Law, 2013 
  • Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.
    • Board of Directors
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation Board
  • Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, past Moderator
  • Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ecclesiastical Commission on Judiciary Affairs, Chair
Military Service
  • Commissioned Second Lieutenant, USAF (Res.), 1952
  • Active Duty, as Adjutant, 3720th Basic Military Training Group, 1954-1956
  • First Lieutenant , discharged 1956
  • Captain, USAF (Res.), discharged 1960
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