Mark E. Polen has a distinguished legal and judicial career spanning over 44 years. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1969 he entered the private practice of law handling civil litigation. In 1977 he was appointed an Industrial Claims Judge for Broward County and subsequently was appointed to the Circuit Court of Broward County where he served in multiple divisions from 1979 to 1988. From 1989 to 2013 he served with distinction on the Fourth District Court of Appeal, including serving for 2 years as Chief Judge. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Gavin K. Letts Memorial Jurist of the Year, 1994. He served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 1994-95.