Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Eduardo Almeyda (Miami), and reappointments of Diane Beck (Sarasota), David Langham (Pensacola), John Lazzara (Tallahassee), and Neal Pitts (Orlando), as Judges of Compensation Claims.

Almeyda, 67, has served as a mediator with the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims in Miami since 2007. Almeyda has enjoyed a long career as an advocate in the workers’ compensation system. Almeyda received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Florida State University.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Judge Almeyda’s experience as a mediator in the courts of compensation claims and long career as an advocate has prepared him to serve as a Judge. I am confident that he will continue to serve with intelligence, fairness, and respect for all the participants in the compensation claims system with this new role.”

Langham, 49 of Pensacola, has been a Judge of Compensation Claims since 2001 and serves as Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

Beck, 59 of Bradenton, has been a Judge of Compensation Claims since 1995. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from Stetson University.

Pitts, 59 of Orlando, has been a Judge of Compensation Claims since 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College, his law degree from Ohio Northern University, and his master of laws degree from the University of Florida.

Lazzara, 70 of Tallahassee, has been a Judge of Compensation Claims since 1990. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Governor Scott said, “The reappointment of these four strong jurists demonstrates Florida’s continuing commitment to a high quality workers compensation system.”

 

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