After earning an undergraduate degree at Princeton University, DEAN C. COLSON graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1977. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. In 1980, Mr. Colson was a law clerk for Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Colson specializes in personal injury and commercial cases. He is a past President of the Dade County Bar Association and a past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
For eight years, Mr. Colson served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2005-2007) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Miami (1999-2004). In 2002, Mr. Colson was appointed by Governor Bush to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Colson chaired the Commission from (2004-2005). In 2007, Governor Crist named Mr. Colson his Special Advisor on Higher Education. In 2010, Mr. Colson was appointed to the Board of Governors of the state university system. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman.
In 2009, Mr. Colson was honored with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws from Florida International University for his work in higher education.