Judge Profile

Ricky Polston

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Florida Supreme Court to Present
  • Judge, First District Court of Appeal

Other Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Florida State University, 2003
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1978
  • Valedictorian, Graceville High School, 1973

Biographical Data:

  • Hometown - Graceville, Florida Spouse - Deborah Ehler Polston Children - Ten (Adoptive parents of sibling group of 6) Offices and Positions ¿ Private Law Practice 1987- 2000; Public Accounting Practice 1977-1984. Legal Activities ¿ Admitted to practice before United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court. Other Honors and Awards ¿ Florida State University Most Outstanding Accounting Student, 1977; Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Society, 1977; Florida State University College of Law, Law Review 1985-86; Order of Coif. Legal Recognitions and Associations - Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and Bar Register Preeminent Attorneys; Tallahassee Inn of Court (alumni, former Treasurer) Other Activities ¿ Church leadership, including being an elder, deacon and Chairman of Deacons, teacher of various student and adult classes; member, Florida Institute of C.P.A.'s; American Institute of C.P.A.'s.


  • J.D. High Honors, Florida State University, 1986
  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Florida State University, 1977
  • A.A., Chipola Jr. College, 1975

Admission to the Bar:

  • Florida State Bar

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 1997 - 2003
  • Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2003 - 2006
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Treasurer, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, 2006 - 2008


  • Tamara L. Adkins, Judicial Assistant