Donald W. Hafele

Judicial Assignment

Currently serving in Circuit Criminal Division T/KK2/KD/CHJD

Prior Judicial Experience

  • Juvenile Division JL (2022 - Present)
  • Presided in the Civil Division of the Circuit Court from 2014 - 2022
  • Presided in the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court from 2012 - 2014
  • Criminal and civil divisions of the Palm Beach County Court and was the administrative judge of the civil division (2000 - 2005)
  • Appointed to the Circuit Bench (2008)
  • Has served as a judge of the Civil Drug Court on a regular basis over the past 22 years.
  • Has presented numerous legal education seminars to lawyer and judges


  • University of Miami (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1979)
  • University of Miami Law School (1982)

Prior Work Experience

  • Civil litigator (1982-1999)

Professional Activities

  • President of the Student Bar Association (1981 - 1982)