Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of James Viggiano as Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Middle Region and Robert Friedman as Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Northern Region. The Capital Collateral Regional Counsel represents death row inmates in their postconviction proceedings.
Viggiano, 57, of Tampa, has served as Chief Assistant to the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel since 2002. From 2001-2002, he served as the Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Viggiano was a sole practitioner from 1997-2000. He served as a partner with Pickard and Viggiano from 1991-1997. From 1987-1991, Viggiano was an Assistant State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Viggiano received his bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey, his master’s degree from Golden Gate University, and his law degree from Rutgers University.
Friedman, 55, of Tallahassee, has served in the Office of the Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit since 1998. From 1997-1998, he served with the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Northern Region. From 1993-1997, he was a sole practitioner, and from 1985-1993, Friedman served in the Office of the Public Defender for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Antioch School of Law.