Jim Skuthan has been an attorney with the Federal Defender’s Office in the Middle District of Florida since 1990. From 2000 to 2019 he served as First Assistant Defender in the office. During that time, he was Acting Federal Defender in 2008 and also from January 2020, until June 2021. He is currently the First Assistant Federal Defender, MDFL and is board certified by The Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law and Criminal Appellate Practice. For the past twenty five years, he has lectured at the Florida Board Certification seminar on the topic of federal sentencing. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (FACDL). He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association, Orlando Chapter and has served on The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Committee for the 18th Judicial Circuit, and The Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 9th Judicial Circuit. He is a past president of the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CFACDL). Mr. Skuthan received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from Florida State University.