Circuit Judge of Monroe County

Sixteenth Judicial Circuit

Freeman Justice Center ~ Monroe County Courthouse

302 Fleming Street

Key West, FL 33040

                                                                                                                                                   Click here for Judge Helms' Court Procedures

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    • BA from Valparaiso University, Indiana; major Political Science
    • American University, Washington, DC; Gov’t semester
    • Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, May 1990

Judicial Experience / Assignments

    • Elected in 2014 as a Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit and presiding since January 2015
    • Administrative Family Law Judge

    • Family, Dependency and Juvenile Court Judge

    • Family Treatment Court and Juvenile Drug Court Judge

    • Unified Family Court Judge

Professional Activities

    • Member, National Council Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    • Member, Executive Council of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges
    • Officer, Zonta Club of Key West
    • Chair, 16th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
    • Former Volunteer Big Sister & board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Monroe County, FL

Legal Experience

    • Bonnie J. Helms, P.A. law practice from 1994 to 2014 concentrating on mediation, dissolution of marriage and post-dissolution issues

    • Contract Attorney for Legal Services of Monroe County, FL from 2012 to 2014

    • Associate Attorney, Imogene M. Synon, P.A., Key West from 1990 to 1994

    • Mediator in Family, Circuit, County and Dependency