Meet Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson has announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge in Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, encompassing Brevard and Seminole County.  He is currently a principal in the law firm Henderson Legal Group.  He is an experienced trial attorney, an exceptionally hard working family man, and has volunteered countless hours representing the less fortunate, as well as military veterans and law enforcement officers and their families.

Steve grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida and attended Freedom 7 Elementary School.  His dad, George, was an Army veteran with the 82nd Airborne and a highly respected engineer for McDonnell Douglas (Boeing). Steve’s dad was one of only three engineers selected to assist Japan in a joint United States/Japan space program.  Steve spent eight years in Nagoya, Japan and received his high school diploma from Nagoya International School.  Steve’s time overseas gave him an invaluable perspective on other cultures, but also taught him that our Constitution, freedom, and judicial system are what make America the best country in the world.

Upon Steve’s return to the United States, Steve attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  While at UCLA, Steve was in Army ROTC and attended Camp Challenge at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Steve also worked three jobs, including working as a tour guide using his bilingual skills. Upon graduation from UCLA, Steve moved to Seattle, Washington taking a job in international trade.  Steve’s unique skill set allowed him to effectively introduce numerous American products and services into the foreign market place.  While working full time and raising a family, Steve attended law school at Seattle University School of Law where he received his law degree with honors.  While in law school, Steve was involved in several pro bono legal clinics, including assisting victims of domestic violence. Upon graduation from law school in December 2002, Steve sat for and passed the February 2003 Washington State Bar Exam and then sat for and passed the July 2003 Florida Bar Exam. Passing two separate state bar exams within a 5-month period is a tribute to his hard work and intellect.

Steve passed up financially lucrative jobs to return to his hometown of Brevard County and accepted a position with the public defender’s office of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Brevard and Seminole County.  Steve worked as a public defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit for over 6 years, where he represented thousands of Brevard County residents.  

Steve has always maintained an extremely hard work ethic, putting himself through college and law school. In 2010, he started his own law practice on a shoe string budget, where his first desk was the cardboard box from his office computer. He built a thriving law practice from the ground up and two years later, his wife Maria, who is also an attorney, joined him at his firm.  Steve has represented clients in nearly all circuit court matters, including dependency, delinquency, criminal, family, and civil.  Steve also expanded his practice into federal court.

While his legal career has been gratifying, Steve’s greatest joy is his family and the time spent with them.  He lives in Viera with his wife, Maria. Together they have five children; Michael (22), Kayla (20), Karsten (19), Ryan (13), Mckenzie (10),and a chocolate lab, Kito.    Steve lost his dad in 2002, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Knowing that life is precious and unpredictable, Steve appreciates everyday he spends with his family.

What sets Steve apart is not only his extensive trial and courtroom experience, but his life experiences. Those experiences allow Steve to better understand and relate to the citizens that may appear before him if he is elected. Steve is passionate about public service.  He has chosen to pursue judicial candidacy so that he can continue with his desire to serve the citizens of Brevard and Seminole.      


Nagoya International School, Nagoya, Japan

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). B.A.


Seattle University School of Law,

Juris Doctorate with Honors

Memberships / Professional

The Florida Bar

Washington State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Brevard County Bar Association

Seminole County Bar Association

All Florida Courts

Federal Court for the Middle District

Vassar B. Carlton, Inns of Court

Trained Guardian Ad Litem

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

On August 18, 2020, vote for 
Steve Henderson for Circuit Judge
Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit