Judge Darren Steele


One-third of Martin County Court Cases; Delinquency Cases as directed by Judge McNicholas (through June 30, 2023), including Detention Hearings; Assist with Felony Cases



  • Tulane University B.A
  • University of Wyoming College of Law J.D.
  • University of Madrid Spain - Junior year college
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Summer Certificate in Comparative Law
  • University of Guanajuato Mexico, Summer Certificate in Comparative Law


  • Watson & Steele Law Office (2000-2009)
  • Crary, Buchanan Law Office (1998-2000)
  • Public Defenders Office, Circuit 19th (1994-1998)


  • Adjunct Professor of the Year 2019, IRSC Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies
  • Business Partner of the Year 2018, Martin County School District
  • (AV) Rating, Highest rating for legal knowledge & ethics
  • Pro Bono Award, Family Law Pro Bono activity
  • Outstanding Service Award, St. Lucie Elementary School mock trial, Law Day
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Martin County Schools, Job Tap Career Training
  • Principal for a day, Challenger School for disabled/emotionally troubled children
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Boy Scout Legal Explorer Post Advisor (1998)

Community Experience

  • Martin County Bar Association - President (2004)
    • Criminal Law Committee - Chair
    • Family Law Committee
    • Trial Lawyers Committee
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Healthy Start Coalition for maternal and child health
    • Board of Directors (2003-2009)
    • President (2007-2008)
  • Treasure Coast Heart Walk Executive Committee (2005)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Gulfstream Council Distinguished Citizens Committee
  • Palm City Chamber of Commerce
  • LEADERSHIP and Chamber of Commerce - Martin County
  • LEADERSHIP and Chamber of Commerce - St. Lucie County