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October 17, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Three to Statewide Nominating Commission

Tallahassee, Fla.-Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Jeffry R. Jantz, Jefferson P. Knight, and Rachel E. Nordby to the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims.

Jantz, 69, of Winter Park, is an attorney with Swann, Hadley, Stump, Dietrich, & Spears, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University and his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he was an editor for the Iowa Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. Jantz is a member of the Iowa Bar, the Ohio Bar, and the Florida Bar. He is reappointed for a term beginning October 17, 2013, and ending July 1, 2017.

Knight, 58, of Miami, is an attorney with the Knight Law Firm. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his Jaw degree from the University of Miami, where he served as the executive editor of the International Law Journal. Knight is a member of the Florida Bar and the Coral Gables Bar Association. He is “AV” rated and is president of the Miami chapter of the Federalist Society. Knight is reappointed for a term beginning October 17,2013, and ending July 1, 2017.

Nordby, 32, of Tallahassee, is a Deputy Solicitor General for the Office of the Attorney General. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her Jaw degree from Florida State University, where she served as Editor in Chief for the Florida State Law Review. Nordby is a member of the Florida Bar and the Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association. She is reappointed for a term beginning October 17, 2013, and ending July 1, 2017.

 

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October 16, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties)

Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Charles D. Morris and Gregory T. Wilson to the Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Morris, 38, of Panama City, is an attorney with Shepard Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law. Morris served as a member of the Gulf Breeze City Council from 2009 to 2012. He succeeds R. Waylon Thompson and has been appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

Wilson, 42, of Panama City, is the Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida. Wilson served as a police officer for the Panama City Police Department from 1995 to 1999 and is a member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Dr. Raymond H. Layne and has been appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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September 10, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Gary Hunter to First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Gary K. Hunter, Jr. to the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Hunter, 46, of Tallahassee, is a shareholder with Hopping Green and Sams, P.A. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Georgia. Hunter is a member of the Colorado Bar, the Georgia Bar, and the Florida Bar, where he serves on the executive council of the environmental and land use law section. He served on the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission from 2006 to 2010. Hunter succeeds Michael J. Glazer and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning September 10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

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July 31, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Rick Mitchell to Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission 

Tallahassee,Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Richard E. “Rick” Mitchell to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. 

Mitchell, 43, a native Floridian, is an attorney and shareholder with GrayRobinson, P.A. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida. Mitchell is an “AV” rated attorney and has served as legal counsel to several Florida colleges and universities. He fills a vacancy and has been appointed for a term beginning July 31, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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July 15, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

(Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union Counties)

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Kirsten Rowe and Brande Smith to the Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Rowe, 39, of Newberry, is a certified mediator and adjunct professor at Santa Fe College. Previously, she was an attorney with the law firm of Roth, Powell, Pearson and Hosley. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Widener University. Rowe succeeds Steven Willis and has been appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Smith, 37, of Gainesville, is an assistant university counsel at the University of Florida. Previously, she was an assistant state attorney with the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida. Smith succeeds Paul Donnelly and has been appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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June 14, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the following appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions:

First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

Timothy M. Cerio, 43, of Tallahassee, is an attorney and shareholder with Gray Robinson, P.A. Previously, Cerio served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Health. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida. Cerio is a member of the University of Florida AlumniAssociation, Board of Directors and the University of Florida, College of Law Alumni Board of Trustees. He fills a vacancy and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning June 14, 2013, and ending July 1, 2014.

Second Circuit JudicialNominating Commission

Chasity Hope O’Steen, 37, of Tallahassee, is an attorney with Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. O’Steen is board certified by the Bar as a City, County, and Local Government Lawyer. She received her bachelor’s and law degree from Florida State University. O’Steen succeeds Clark Jennings, and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning June 14, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

 

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June 3, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the following appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions:

Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Kim L. Kaszuba, 43, of Ozona, is a partner with the law firm of Koch, Hoffman & Kaszuba, P.A. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and her law degree from Stetson University. Kaszuba succeeds Thomas Masterson, and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning June 3, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Eighteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Kip R. Beacham, 48, of Oviedo, is a captain with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University. Beacham succeeds Jason Brodeur, and has been appointed for a term beginning
June 3, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

Steven D. Kramer, 36, of Altamonte Springs, is the managing attorney of the Kramer Law Firm, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Florida. Kramer succeeds Anthony Hall, and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning June 3, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Timi D. Tucker, 45, of Melbourne, is an attorney with Tucker Mitnik, Professional Association. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College and her law degree from the University of Kentucky. Tucker succeeds Erin O’Leary, and has been appointed for a term beginning June 3, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Nineteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

David B. Earle, 54, of Palm City, is a partner at Ross, Earle & Bonan, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Earle fills a vacancy and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning June 3, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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April 16, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the following appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions:

Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

Robert A. Spottswood, 55, of Key West, is the president of Spottswood Companies, Inc and has been a member of the Florida Bar for over 30 years. Spottswood received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Miami. He fills a vacancy and has been appointed for a term beginning Apri116, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Piper L. Smith, 49, of Key West, is the vice president of marketing for Historic Tours of America, Inc. Smith received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She has been reappointed for a term beginning April 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Anthony J. Barrows, 35, of Ramrod Key, is an assistant regional counsel in the Office of Criminal and Civil Regional Conflict. He also practices law in his solo practice. Barrows received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. He fills a vacancy and has been appointed for a term beginning April 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

Nathalia M. Abondano, 28, of Key West, is an attorney with the law firm of Garcia & Smith, P.A. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her law degree from Florida International University. Abondano fills a vacancy and has been appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning April 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Susan Z. Reynolds, 58, of Fort Myers, is a self employed attorney and part owner of Pocoloco in Sanibel. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Reynolds succeeds John Hooley, and has been appointed for a term beginning April 16, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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January 10, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Tallahassee, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott today announced the following appointments:

Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

Eliot Pedrosa, of CoralGables, is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Previously he was an enforcement attorney with the United States Securities & Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2004. Pedrosa received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He succeeds Lilly Ann Sanchez and is appointed for a term beginning January

10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Christian W. Waugh, of Ocala, has been an attorney with Gilligan, King & Gooding, P.A. since 2011. Previously, he was an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 2010 to 2011. Waugh received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. He succeeds Patricia Sokol and is appointed for a term beginning January 10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Christopher L. Carmody, of Orlando, has been an attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A. since 2006. He

received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Carmody fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Lisa A. Musial, of Cape Coral, has been an attorney with Musial & Musial Co., LPA since 2004, and a title agent with All State Florida Title, LLC since 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College and her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. Musial succeeds Douglas L. Rankin and is appointed for a term beginning January 10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

Aaron J. O’Brien, of Fort Myers, is the founder of the O’Brien Law Firm. Previously, he was an attorney with Neel & O’Brien from 2001 to 2006. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. O’Brien fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 10, 2013, and ending July 1, 2015.

 

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January 7, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Melanie Damian to Eleventh  Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

 Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Melanie E. Damian to the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

 Damian, 44, of Miami Beach, has practiced with Damian & Valeri LLP since 2004. Previously, she was a partner with Tew Cardenas from 1996 to 2004. Damian received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from the University of Miami. She succeeds Rayfield M. McGhee and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning January 7, 2013, and ending July 1, 2016.

 

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