Title: Retired Attorney
Company: Sarasota Public Defenders Office
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States
Paul Stephen Cherry, Retired Attorney at Sarasota Public Defenders Office, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal law.
Backed by a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University from 1966, Mr. Cherry commenced his career as a science teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before moving to Canada. While there, he was an instructor of physiology at the Regional School of Nursing in Owen Sound and a natural science educator at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough between 1967 and 1969. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Mr. Cherry served as a sanitarian to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and to the Chester County Health Department from 1972 to 1979. While employed with Chester County, he discovered that he was entitled to estate retirement benefits even though he was not a state employee. He asked to be transferred to the state retirement system but was told that the law did not exist, despite his evidence. Mr. Cherry went forward with suing the county and won the trial, which sparked a desire to pursue a professional career in law.
Mr. Cherry went on to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Widener University in 1982 and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1983. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, 11th and Federal Circuits, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals. Notably, he served as a lawyer to a private practice in Wayne, Pennsylvania between 1983 and 1995, specializing in civil cases. Upon admission to the Florida Bar in 1997, he was an assistant public defender to the 20th Judicial Court from 1998 to 2001 and a senior attorney of child welfare service with the Florida Department of Children and Families from 2001 to 2003. Prior to beginning his retirement, he served as an assistant public defender to the Public Defender’s Office of the 12th Juridical Circuit in Sarasota, Florida from 2005 to 2014.
To remain abreast of his profession, Mr. Cherry is a fellow of Lawyers in Mensa, having been mainline coordinator from 1985 to 1995, and a member of B’nai B’rith, of which he was president of Freedom Valley Lodge from 1992 to 1995. Notably, in 1986, he was the recipient of the annual recognition from Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. To add to his additional civic engagements, Mr. Cherry was a member of the Tredyffrin Township Traffic Committee in 1991, a board member to the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1995 and an operating engineer for the Sound and Light Show at Independence Hall from 1961 to 1982. Currently focused on writing his autobiography, he enjoys classical music, acoustics, computers and pipe organ construction in his spare time. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Cherry can also be found in the 55th through 58th editions of Who’s Who in America, the eighth, 11th and 13th editions of Who’s Who in American Law and the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East.
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