TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Geoffrey Gentile and Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court.

Gentile, 52, of Cape Coral, is a partner with Boyle, Gentile & Leonard. He previously practiced at Fowler White Boggs, Banker, P.A. Gentile was the In-House Trial Counsel at State Farm Insurance from 1999 to 2002, and worked as a Claims Attorney/In-House Trial Counsel at Nationwide Insurance from 1994-1999. He began his legal career with Asbell, Hains, Doyle & Pickworth, P.A. in 1991. Gentile was rated a Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University. Gentile fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Cynthia Pivacek.

Hayes, 60, of Fort Myers, has been a Lee County Court Judge since 1997. She previously served as a Trial Court Senior Staff Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court from 1989-1997. Hayes is a Lee County Law Library trustee and founding trustee and board member of the Lee County Alliance of the Arts. Hayes received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, her master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her law degree from Emory University. Hayes fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge R. Thomas Corbin.



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