About Lyann


My name is Lyann Goudie, and I am running for Circuit Court Judge, Group 13, in 2020. I have more than 31 years legal experience, 26 years practicing in Hillsborough County. My first 10 years I practiced as a prosecutor in Miami, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tampa, where I handled high level crimes, including first-degree murder in which the death penalty was sought. One of my most notable cases as a prosecutor involved the successful prosecution of serial killer Glen Rogers, also known as “The Cross Country Killer.” For the past 21 years I have primarily been a criminal defense attorney, trying cases both in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions. I am currently handling the retrial of a 35 year old death penalty case, pro bono, at the request of the Innocence Project. I have also tried civil cases involving serious personal injury or death due to another’s negligence. Additionally, I have been intimately involved in several complex family law cases, and have handled some pro bono landlord/tenant matters. I have also successfully submitted and argued appeals. I am AV PREEMINENT rated by Martindale Hubbell. I have been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. I am a member of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, the New Jersey Bar, the Maryland Bar, the Washington D.C. Bar, the Middle District of Florida, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Goldburg-Cacciatore Law American Inn of Court, Tiger Bay Club of Tampa Bay, as well as the Ybor City, Plant City, Riverview, and Brandon Chambers of Commerce. I am running for circuit court judge because I believe judges should be experienced, prepared, timely, and respectful. My vast experience as a trial lawyer uniquely qualifies me to be a prepared, hardworking, respectful, and effective judge.

To learn more about me feel free to visit my firm website: www.goudiekohn.com or my judicial candidate Facebook page.

Personal Experience:

I am a Cuban American, raised in Miami. I am the 7th out of eight children. My father was twice imprisoned by the Castro regime. My parents fled communist Cuba in 1960 with the clothes on their backs and seven children. They worked hard to provide a roof over our heads and food on our table. The work ethic for which I am known was learned from my parents. I attended public schools in Miami and worked my way through undergraduate and law school at the University of Miami. I reside in Lutz with my partner of 16 years, Kim Kohn, and two Great Danes, Moses and Rainy. I have an adult son, Jorge, who served in the United States Army as an Infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, and completed two tours of duty in Iraq. Jorge has blessed us with two daughters, Ava and Chloe, with whom we have the pleasure of being very involved grandparents. I’m devoted to my family, and use my free time carpooling, homework assisting, attending school activities, and embarrassing them by being the loudest fan at sporting events. I also continue to maintain a close relationship with my brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Why I Want to be a Judge:

Although I have loved being a lawyer for 31 years, a few years ago I walked out of a courtroom frustrated that a judge had not read the material that I had provided 30 days in advance of the hearing. I realized that the lack of preparation not only resulted in a delayed ruling, but also in my client, his family and friends, feeling as if he didn’t receive a fair consideration of the issues presented that day. I decided then that I would run for judge. I feel ready to take on this important role in the system in which I believe so strongly. My experiences both professionally and personally, have reinforced my belief that a judge has to have trial experience because that experience of being in the trenches with a client reinforces the need to be prepared, the importance of listening to the lawyers, and, most importantly, the importance of following the law. I believe that serving as a judge is one of the important ways that I can personally help preserve our system of providing justice for all. I can and will perform this important role in our system well. I hope that I have earned or can earn your support.

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