Candice K. Brower, Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region
Candice Brower is a Board-Certified attorney in the area of Juvenile Law and in 2019 was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification from the Florida Bar. Juvenile law concentrates not only on the rights of juveniles in the delinquency system but also on every area of dependency and termination of parental rights cases. These types of cases combined constitute almost half of all of the types of cases that the Regional Counsel’s offices are assigned to handle. She was with the first group of attorneys ever to achieve this type of board-certification. Candice was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court in 2018 to serve on the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court which works to “establish a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families.” – Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Supreme Court of Florida. Also in that year, Candice was selected to serve on the advisory committee to Governor-elect DeSantis’ Public Safety Transition Team. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee and was appointed to serve on the Special Committee for Parent and Child Representation. She is on the Executive Council for the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar and is a member of the statewide Dependency Court Improvement Panel. She is committed to protecting the rights of those involved in juvenile and dependency courts by helping to improve the system to which she has devoted her career.
Candice is also an experienced criminal trial lawyer. When Candice earned her law degree in 1997 she became a criminal prosecutor for the State Attorney in the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida. She began in the misdemeanor and juvenile divisions and was quickly elevated to the career criminal division where she prosecuted violent felonies, prison release re-offenders, violent career criminals, habitual felony offenders and habitual violent felony offenders.
She left the State Attorney’s office in 2000 with a Distinguished Service Award and opened up her own firm in her home town of Gainesville, Florida. She defended clients in criminal cases, parents in dependency cases and juveniles in delinquency cases. Her practice also consisted of civil litigation including landlord/tenant, personal injury, wrongful death and contracts.
After eight years of a successful practice, she joined the newly created Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in Gainesville, Florida in 2008 as they were in need of someone to handle all of the juvenile delinquency cases. When help was eventually needed in dependency cases and criminal cases she chose to come on full time and has been devoting her career to public service ever since. Candice served as Civil Division Chief and then Circuit Director for the Regional Counsel’s offices in the 8th Judicial Circuit until she was appointed by Governor Scott in 2016 to lead the agency.
In 2018, Candice was appointed by Governor Scott to serve on the Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. She enjoys being involved with her local circuit and is proud to call Gainesville her home. She is a 1994 Graduate of the University of Florida and a devoted Gator fan. She is an avid runner, participating regularly in 5 k’s, 10 k’s, 15 k’s and half marathons. She is married to Edward John Brower, III and they have two sons Jack, age 16 and Edison, age 14.