Public Defender Carey Haughwout


Carey Haughwout

Carey Haughwout

Carey Haughwout is serving her third term as Public Defender of the 15th Judicial Circuit. She took office in January of 2001 after working as a private criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee and Palm Beach County for 17 years.

She spent a decade practicing in West Palm Beach with her husband John Tierney. From 1985 to 1990 she worked as assistant public defender in Tallahassee and Palm Beach County working her way from misdemeanor to capital cases. She started her career as an associate with a Tallahassee trial firm.

As an advocate for the indigent accused, Carey has worked with many organizations throughout the State of Florida. She has been a member of the Palm Beach County, state and national Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Justice Commission, Legal Aid Society and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

Her expertise was recognized with the Governor Lawton Chiles’ appointment to the Domestic Violence Clemency Panel from 1995-1998 and the Supreme Court of Florida 1997 Appointment to the Special Advisory Committee on Minimum Standards of Competency for Counsel in Capital Cases. She was awarded the 1994 Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for Criminal Law service and the 2001 Pro Bono Homeless Advocacy Award.

She graduated with High Honors from Florida State University College of Law in 1983. In 1979, she earned a degree in economics and sociology from New College in Sarasota.

As your Public Defender, Carey represents the community on the following committees: the Criminal Justice Commission, the Community Alliance, the Education Commission, Judicial Information Systems, Elder Justice Center Task Force, the 15 th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and the Florida Public Defenders Association.