Joseph Horrox,47, is a native of Northeast Pennsylvania. He attended Wilkes College and Stetston University, where he graduated 14th out of 133 in 1987. He began his practice with a law firm in Daytona Beach. He also worked in DeLand, Port Orange and Flagler Beach, but his clients were concentrated in Daytona Beach. For the past 12 years he’s been a managing partner with Horrox & Glugover.
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His practice has been overwhelmingly in civil law (90 to 95 percent; most of the Flagler docket is civil law). He’s participated in 20 jury trials and 60 bench trials.
“I foresee being a judge as a unique opportunity, honor and challenge to what I’m doing presently,” Horrox said, “because if you think about it, as an attorney, you represent the interests of one party to a lawsuit, but as a judge, you are there essentially to protect the rights and liberties of all the parties and ultimately arrive at the peaceful disposition of disputes. There’s really nothing like it in our system of justice, so I don’t really foresee any difficulties making that kind of transition because I feel I have a firm understanding of what my duties are as an attorney and those that are required as a judicial officer in this state.”
Horrox did his homework about judges’ homework in the circuit: Whoever is going to win the seat being vacated by Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond on Jan. 3 will be among the most overworked in the circuit, the Flagler caseload being 3,400 per judge, compared with 2,081 cases per judge in St. Johns, 1,700 in Volusia, and 1,600 in Putnam. “So whoever wins needs to have the dedicated commitment and the energy to get through this caseload. I would basically analyze it as tackling the caseload, not chasing the caseload.”
When asked in a recent forum about his best accomplishment as a lawyer, he cited his skills as a business owner and manager—again, a reference to the requirements of a large caseload, though there are wide differences between managing cases and managing a business.
Four years ago, when Horrox ran for a new 7th Circuit judgeship that was eventually won by Clyde Wolfe, he did not take campaign finance contributions and asked donors still inclined to donate to contribute to animal-welfare organizations instead. He put in $250,000 of his own money. He lost in the primary. He’s taking contributions this time. As of the end of July, he’d raised $98,000, of which $75,500 was contributed by Horrox or by his firm.
Horrox is married and has one child.