Governor Rick Scott today announced the following appointments:

Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

James “Ted” Schatt, of Ocala, is the managing partner of Schatt & Hesser, P.A. Previously, he was the sole member of The Schatt Law Firm, PLLC from 2009 to 2011, and the managing partner of Mateer & Harbert, P.A. in Ocala from 2003 to 2009.  Schatt received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.  He succeeds Julia R. Law and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Kevin D. Brennan, of St. Petersburg, has been a partner with Meros, Smith, Lazzara & Olney, P.A. since 2011.  Previously, he was an associate with the firm from 2007 to 2011 and a law clerk from 2006 to 2007.  Brennan received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Stetson University.  He succeeds Joseph M. Triolo and is appointed for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Todd A. Jennings, of Belleair, practices with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, PLC.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from the University of Florida.  Jennings succeeds Peter N. Meros and is appointed for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

William A. Lewis, of Panama City, has been the Deputy Sheriff and General Counsel for the Bay County Sheriff’s Office since 2009.  Previously, he was the Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit from 2005 to 2009 and served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1990 to 2008.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his law degree from Stetson University.  Lewis succeeds Kathi Lee Kilpatrick and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Belinda M. Keiser, of Parkland, has been the Vice Chancellor for Community Relations and Student Advancement at Keiser University for over twenty years.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her MBA from Nova University.  Keiser is reappointed for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Terrence P. O’Connor, of Lighthouse Point, has been a partner with Morgan, Carratt & O’Connor, P.A. since 1983.  He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.  O’Connor is reappointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 28, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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