Judge Profile

Barbara J. Pariente

Judicial Experience:

  • Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court, 2004 to 2006
  • Justice, Florida Supreme Court (September 01, 1993)
  • Justice, Florida Supreme Court (December 10, 1997) , 1997

Other Professional Experience:

  • Judicial Clerk, United States District Court Judge Norman C. Roettger, Jr., of the Southern District of Florida, 1973
  • Cone, Wagner and Nugent, 1975
  • Partner, Cone, Wagner and Nugent, 1977
  • Pariente & Silber, P.A., 1983

Biographical Data:

  • She was born in New York City in 1948 and attended public schools in New York and New Jersey. She has earning highest honors and membership in the Order of the Coif. In both firms, she specialized in civil trial litigation. She earned certification by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer as well as nationally by The National Board of Trial Advocacy. She was awarded an AV rating, the highest available, by Martindale-Hubbell. She was instrumental in organizing Palm Beach County's first Bench-Bar Conference. She was a founding member and master of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Inns of Court. During her time on the Supreme Court, she has worked to improve methods for handling cases involving families and children in the courts. In that role, she met with family court judges and staffs throughout Florida's judicial circuits, promoted judicial education on the unified family court and advocated for improved case management, case coordination, and non-adversarial methods of resolving these disputes. Justice Pariente has also actively supported programs that promote successful alternatives to incarceration such as Florida's drug courts. Justice Pariente speaks throughout the state on professionalism, judicial independence, the unified family court, juvenile justice and crime prevention. Based on her longstanding commitment to children, Justice Pariente remains involved as a mentor to school-age children. She currently serves as a mentor to students through Take Stock in Children, a program for helping economically disadvantaged students earn a college scholarship. Her current mentee is a high school senior. She is proud that another mentee, whom she began mentoring in ninth grade, has since graduated from college and is contemplating a career in the law. Justice Pariente is a recipient of the 2007 Florida Justice Association's Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2006 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' Jurist of the Year Award, the 2005 Florida Association of School Social Workers' Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section's Hugh S. Glickstein Child Advocate of the Year Award, the 2005 Palm Beach County League of Women Voters Good Government Award, the 2004 William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award of the Florida Bar's Committee on Professionalism, the 2004 Visionary Award of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Jewish Museum of Florida's 2002 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, the 2000 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Judicial Service Award, the 2001 Florida Association of Women Lawyers' Award in recognition of lifelong dedication to the success of women lawyers in the legal profession, the 1998 American Bar Association's Law Day Speech Award, the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation and the 1993 Legal Aid Society Civil Litigation Pro Bono Award. In March 2008, Pariente was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame by Gov. Charlie Crist. The latter is about girls in the Juvenile Justice system. Justice Pariente is married to the Honorable Frederick A. Hazouri, judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Together, they have three married children and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in Florida. In 2003, Justice Pariente shared with the public her successful treatment for breast cancer, in hopes of promoting greater awareness of this disease that strikes one in eight American women. Read a Conversation with Justice Pariente by Jodi Wilkof, a Profile of Justice Pariente published in the October 2004 Bar Journal, and an article on her in the Bostonia alumni magazine.


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1973
  • Graduate in Communications, Boston University


  • "A Symposium with Women Chiefs" at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Volume 13, No. 2, April 2007
  • Women Trial Lawyers: How They Succeed in Practice and in the Courtroom, 1987
  • "A Profession for the New Millennium: Restoring Public Trust and Confidence in Our System of Justice." 74 Fla. B.J. 50, January 2000
  • "Teaching Them a Lesson," 77 Fla. B.J. 6, June 2003

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • The Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee
  • The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
  • Liaison and Chair, Supreme Court's Steering Committee
  • Member, Florida Bar's Commission, Legal Needs of Children, 2000 - 2002
  • Governor's Advisory Committee, 1999
  • Liaison, Supreme Court's Task Force, 1998


  • Brenda Williams, Judicial Assistant