Judge Mark W. Klingensmith recently began his service as chief judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, succeeding Judge Burton C. Conner.

As chief judge, Klingensmith will oversee all administrative matters of the court including budgeting, scheduling, and bench-bar relations.

Chief Judge Klingensmith has served on the Fourth DCA since his appointment in 2013. Before his elevation to the appeals court, he was a judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Prior to taking the bench, Klingensmith practiced civil litigation in private practice for 25 years and was board certified in civil trial practice since 2001.  In 2008 he was elected commissioner for the Town of Sewall’s Point and served terms as vice mayor and mayor.

Klingensmith received his B.A. degree in 1982, and his J.D. in 1985, both from the University of Florida. He received his LL.M. in judicial studies from Duke University in 2016.