ROBERT J. KRAUSS
CHIEF ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL

Robert J. Krauss hails from Staten Island, N. Y.  He received a B.A., cum laude, from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. and received his J.D. degree from the Stetson University College of Law.  While at Stetson he was the Justice (President) of the David T. Brewer Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and was awarded the Barry Markman Memorial Award "in recognition of his meritorious record of scholarship, leadership, professional promise and spirit of contribution to the student body and to the College."  Mr. Krauss was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1977.  In addition to the Supreme Court of Florida, Mr. Krauss is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  He has litigated cases and presented oral argument in all of those courts and has appeared pro hac vice in the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. 

After serving as an Assistant State Attorney and as an Assistant Public Defender in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Mr. Krauss joined the Florida Attorney General=s Office in 1983 to pursue representation of the State in criminal appellate and federal habeas corpus litigation.  In 1987‑1993 he was engaged exclusively in the litigation of capital punishment cases in all levels of state and federal courts.  In 1994, Mr. Krauss was appointed by Attorney General Bob Butterworth to the position of Bureau Chief of Tampa Criminal Appeals, and has continued to serve in that capacity under Attorneys General Charlie Crist and Bill McCollum.  As Bureau Chief, Mr. Krauss supervises all non-capital criminal appellate litigation in state and federal courts (and all federal habeas corpus district court litigation) in cases arising out of the five judicial circuits/fourteen counties within the jurisdiction of the Florida District Court of Appeal, Second District.  He is a frequent lecturer on criminal and appellate law topics for various educational institutions, for the State Attorney Offices within the Second District, and for the Florida Bar.  Mr. Krauss has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has received a Davis Productivity Award for an innovative criminal appellate case management system, has been named the 2009 Manager of the Year for Criminal and Capital Appeals by the Office of the Attorney General, and has been chosen by his peers to be a Florida Legal Elite as one of the Top Government Attorneys for 2010.

Mr. Krauss is a founding member and permanent Executive Committee member of the Bruce R. Jacob Criminal Appellate Inn of Court.
From January, 1997 to present, Mr. Krauss has served on the Florida Medical Examiners Commission as the representative of the Attorney General. 
He has been a member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar where he chaired both the criminal and amicus subcommittees. He was appointed to be a member of the Judicial Management Council’s Committee on Per Curiam Affirmed Decisions (1998-2000).

Mr. Krauss is a charter member of the Government Lawyers Section, has served for many years on the Section=s Executive Council, and was Chair of the Section in 2007-2008