Judge J. Lee Marsh was born and raised in Tallahassee. Before being appointed to the Second Judicial Circuit Court on March 12, 2018, he was a Chief Assistant Attorney General, representing the State of Florida and its employees in both state and federal court. Prior to his work for the State, Judge Marsh retired after 20 years of service in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Judge Marsh initially served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force before being one of seven officers selected Navy-wide to attend law school. Upon his joining the Florida Bar, Judge Marsh transferred to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he spent the rest of his career as a criminal trial attorney in both prosecution and defense roles. Judge Marsh also provided legal services to hundreds of Sailors and Marines as a legal aid attorney and General Counsel to three Navy Admirals.
Judge Marsh holds a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. While at the Naval Academy, Judge Marsh served as the 26th Company Commander and a Brigade Honor Investigator. He was the Honor Graduate of his Naval Justice School class and valedictorian of his Leon High School class. Judge Marsh is a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee and an elder at Faith Presbyterian Church.
Judge Marsh is married to his high school sweetheart, Karin. The Marshes are the proud parents of two daughters, Hannah (a fourth-generation Leon Lion) and Faith.