About Judge Crown
Judge Crown’s late grandparents, Bob and Jane Mortland, moved to Naples in 1959. They taught at Naples High School until 1974; Jane taught typing and business, and Bob taught Spanish. Bob is often remembered for playing his guitar in Spanish class and for writing the Naples High School fight song.
Bob and Jane have two daughters – Beth Mortland and Nancy Crown – who graduated from Naples High School in 1962 and 1964, respectively. Judge Crown’s Aunt Beth and his grandfather Bob were a well-known duo around town for many years – Beth sang, and Bob played guitar. In fact, Beth continues to sing with Southwest Florida Big Band. Judge Crown’s mother Nancy worked in the banking industry in Naples until her retirement.
Judge Crown’s step mother Linda Crown is a teacher in the Collier County Public Schools system. She has taught at Gulfview Middle School and Palmetto Ridge High School, and she currently teaches at Lely High School. Linda plans to retire in 2015 after 38 years of service here in Collier County.
Judge Crown was born in 1970, and he is a proud graduate of Shadowlawn Elementary School, East Naples Middle School, and Lely High School, class of 1988. While in high school, he was the drum major of the marching band under the direction of band director Melvin Maxwell, an all-state saxophone player, and the president of the National Honor Society. Judge Crown graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration and Stetson University College of Law in 1995.
Stetson is well known for its trial team, consisting of students who compete in mock trials against teams from other law schools throughout the United States. Due in large part to the success of the trial team, Stetson is consistently ranked as the best trial advocacy law school in the nation. Following a competitive tryout process, Judge Crown was selected to be a member of the trial team during his third year of law school.
Judge Crown is married to Terry, and they will celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary this year. Terry is a Registered Nurse, and she has worked at Naples Community Hospital for many years. They have four children – one in high school, one in middle school, and two in elementary school. Judge Crown is very proud that his children are the third generation of Crowns to go through the Collier County Public Schools system.
Judge Crown was a practicing attorney for eleven years after graduating from law school. He was in private practice for just over four years, and he handled criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation cases. For more than six years, Judge Crown worked at the State Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted everything from misdemeanor cases to felonies involving drug trafficking, child molestation, sexual battery, habitual felony offenders, and violent career criminals. At the time of his appointment to the bench in April of 2006, he worked in the Special Victim’s Unit at the State Attorney’s Office prosecuting sex crimes against children and adults.
In 2006, the Legislature created two new seats on the County Court bench due to the growth here in Collier County. Because these seats were created prior to an election cycle, they were filled by gubernatorial appointment. All eligible attorneys who were interested in one of the seats filed an application with the Judicial Nominating Commission, or “JNC.” The JNC is nonpartisan and consists of nine members, some lawyers and some non-lawyers. The JNC received over twenty applications for the two new seats in Collier County. Each applicant went through a thorough vetting process which included a personal background check, a review of professional qualifications, confidential evaluations from peers, and an interview with the entire JNC. The JNC then created a short list of applicants – including Judge Crown – who travelled to Tallahassee for a second interview, this time with the Governor’s staff. Based on two thorough and confidential investigations, two interviews, and the recommendations from the nine-member JNC and his own staff, Governor Bush selected Judge Crown to fill one of the new seats on the Collier County Court bench.
Because of his long-standing, vested interest in Collier County, Judge Crown was honored to be given the opportunity to serve the citizens of our community when he was selected to be a county court judge. During his eight years on the bench, he has presided over misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases, county civil and small claims disputes, felonies, circuit civil matters, and juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. In addition to presiding over countless cases in a variety of practice areas, Judge Crown’s service to our community goes beyond the courtroom. He is a frequent volunteer for the Junior Achievement program; he has talked to students of all ages about civics, the judiciary, DUI, and the consequences of their actions, and he has given presentations to students and parents alike on the dangers of online predators. Now Judge Crown respectfully seeks your support so that he may continue to serve the citizens of Collier County.