Judge Harvey Jay was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in February of 2016 by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to this appointment, Judge Jay served as a circuit judge in Duval County, having been appointed to that position in 2011.
During his tenure as a circuit judge, Judge Jay served in the family and civil divisions of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. As a trial judge, he presided over numerous bench and jury trials and conducted hundreds of evidentiary hearings involving petitions for protective injunctions. In 2015, Judge Jay received the Jurist of the Year Award from the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Before taking the bench, Judge Jay was an equity partner at the law firm of Saalfield Shad where he provided trial and appellate representation to parties involved in complex litigation. As a civil trial lawyer for over twenty years, Judge Jay tried a broad spectrum of cases including actions for medical malpractice, false arrest, maritime negligence, and wrongful death. He also represented hospitals, physicians, and nurses in administrative proceedings. While practicing law, he received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating for legal knowledge and ethics.
Judge Jay was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his law degree from the University of Florida. He is married and has two daughters.