6/17/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Mark W. Klingensmith of Stuart to the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Klingensmith, 50, is the mayor of Sewall’s Point, Florida. He has practiced with Sonneborn, Rutter, Cooney and Klingensmith since 1993. Previously, he practiced with Metzger, Sonneborn and Rutter from 1986 to 1992. He received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.

“With 25 years’ experience in handling complex litigation cases, Mark has gained the knowledge and skill necessary to effectively and efficiently serve the court.” Governor Scott said. “I am confident that he will base every ruling on a fair, reasoned and impartial application of the law.”

Klingensmith will fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Burton Conner to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

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