The Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale
United States Magistrate Judge
Patricia Barksdale was sworn-in as a United States Magistrate Judge on November 1, 2013. Judge Barksdale received her B.A. from the University of Florida, where she was awarded the Outstanding Female Leader for the Class of 1993 and was inducted in the University of Florida Hall of Fame, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and Florida Blue Key. She also received her J.D. from the University of Florida, where she served as Senior Research Editor for the Florida Law Review, was awarded the Joseph J. Gersten Key Award for Outstanding Law School Achievements, was a member of the Order of Coif, and published two articles: The Economic Loss Rule and Florida’s Exception for General Contractors, 46 Fla. L. Rev. 775 (1994), and Using Prior Uncounseled Misdemeanors to Enhance Sentences for Subsequent Offenses, 46 Fla. L. Rev. 495 (1994). After law school, Judge Barksdale clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and later for the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She worked in private practice at McGuire Woods and as in-house counsel for CSX Transportation before serving eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida. Judge Barksdale is the past President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the past Chairman of the Florida Bar's Federal Court Practice Committee. She is a Master in the Chester Bedell Inns of Court and serves on its Executive Board. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Sanctuary on 8th Street.
Case & Trial Preferences:
Upon consent of the parties, Judge Barksdale will provide a "date certain" for trial. Parties may call chambers to check on the status of a pending matter or for other procedural information. In appropriate circumstances, parties may file a motion to appear by telephone in non-evidentiary hearings. If a dispute arises during a deposition in a case assigned to Judge Barksdale, the parties may call chambers to request a telephone hearing after consulting the Discovery Handbook for guidance.