The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida



It is with tremendous privilege that the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida (“APABA”) congratulates Hope Thai Cannon on her historic appointment as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida, effective March 4, 2019.  Cannon’s appointment makes her the first Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article I Judge in Florida.  Her appointment to the U.S. District Court is a testament to her professionalism, commitment to the law, her love for her community, and the respect she is given from her peers.

Cannon, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, is a lead trial attorney with experience handling complex commercial, real property, employment and product litigation matters. She represents clients in a variety of industries, from banking and financial to manufacturing. She has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts in Texas, Florida and Alabama.  Due to her expansive practice, she has regularly appeared in Florida state and federal courts, and has argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and Florida state appellate courts.  

She also provides in-house training to clients on a variety of litigation topics, including how to adequately prepare corporate witnesses for depositions, protecting attorney-client and work product privileges, and protecting confidential information when responding to discovery.  Cannon earned her bachelor’s degree in science from the University of South Alabama and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

APABA applauds the appointment of Cannon to the Federal bench. “We believe that Cannon has all the qualities to make an excellent jurist.  She is intelligent, fair, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Benjamin Downers, president of APABA.