Attorney Sam Bookhardt
Why do you want to become a judge? I want to be a judge because I want to use my legal experience, my desire to serve, my ability to be fair and impartial and my commitment to our legal system to administer justice in accordance to the law.
How long have you been a resident of Brevard County and/or Seminole County? I was born and raised in Titusville, Brevard County and I currently reside in Titusville.
What experience do you have as an attorney that makes you the best candidate? I have a broad base of legal experience from criminal prosecution and defense to a very diverse civil practice that includes personal injury, construction litigation, civil rights, breach of contracts and other general civil matters.
What would you like to see accomplished while you are in office? To run a productive and efficient courtroom where everyone is treated with respect and given a full and fair opportunity to be heard as I administer justice in accordance to the law.
What is the most significant case that you worked on as a lawyer? I was co-counsel in a case where our client was charged with two counts of premeditated murder and the State of Florida waived the death penalty.
Short Biography: My name is Sam Bookhardt. I am a candidate for Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 25. I was born and raised in Titusville, Brevard County. I have ten siblings and our parents celebrated 65 years of marriage in January.
My wife Sandra and I have been married for over 32 years. We have three children and one grandchild.
After I graduated from Titusville High School, I enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. I received the Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachute Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon and was Honorably Discharged.
I graduated from Brevard Community College, University of Central Florida and Stetson University College of Law. I worked as an Assistant State Attorney where I prosecuted individuals charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies.
I worked for a big local law firm where I represented hospitals, insurance companies, financial institutions, construction companies and individuals who were charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies.
I have served as President of the Brevard County Bar Association (2010 -2011); Chairman of A. Max Brewer Memorial Law Library (2004 – 2010); Greater Titusville Renaissance, Board of Directors (2015 -2017), Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, Board of Directors (2011 – 2012); Crosswinds Youth Services, Board of Directors (2007 – 2010) and the Titusville Police Athletic League, Board of Directors (2001 -2003).
I currently operate my own law firm and I practice both civil and criminal law.