After closing its doors in 2018 to redirect critical resources to family court, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida will reopen business court this October. The Circuit received funding for one additional judgeship in the 2019-2020 state budget session after the Florida Supreme Court certified the need for two additional seats. Chief Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. assigned Circuit Judge Dan Traver to serve as business court judge.
Judge Traver was appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Scott in March 2014. Prior to his appointment, Judge Traver spent nearly a decade practicing complex commercial litigation with GrayRobinson, P.A., and eventually becoming equity partner. His years as a trial lawyer in the firm gave him extensive experience in contract, fraud, and real estate disputes, as well as bank litigation and professional malpractices cases. He has appeared in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts representing clients in Florida, Delaware and Texas.
In response to the growing space constraints at the Orange County Courthouse, Orange County Government will build an additional eight chambers and four courtrooms, one of which will be dedicated to business court. Judge Traver will hear cases at the Thomas S. Kirk Juvenile Justice Center until construction is complete.