- Volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services, 1987 – 1990
Ms. Lott studied psychology at the University of Florida, where she graduated with high honors in 1974. Martha Lott graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with partner, Cherie Fine, in 1981 and was admitted to the Florida Bar. She began her career with the Public Defender’s Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1981 working with partners Jack J. Fine, Tom Farkash, and Alan Parlapiano. Prior to becoming a Judge, Martha Lott was in private practice as a trial lawyer.
Martha Lott retired from the bench in May 2013 after over 22 years as a County Court Judge, Circuit Judge and as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She joined Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A., in July 2013. Her experience as a Judge included all areas of practice at both the County and Circuit levels in State Court. Martha Lott presided in all six counties of the 8th Circuit of Florida.
In the early 1980s, she suffered a permanent injury as the result of an auto-accident. She was represented by Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A. Her experience as a trial lawyer, a Judge, and a person with a permanent injury gives her a uniquely broad perspective.
Particular areas of expertise include psychology/psychiatry (including PTSD and brain injury), family law, and litigation. Martha Lott is known for innovative problem solving. During her free time, Ms. Lott is an avid dressage competitor and is currently writing a novel.
Ms. Lott served as a County Court Judge from 1991-1997, Circuit Judge from 1997-2009, Administrative Judge of Circuit Criminal Court from 2006-2009, and Chief Judge from 2009-2012.