Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Emily Curington to the Lake County Court and Brett Szematowicz to the Pinellas County Court. Szematowicz’s appointment marks the 100th judicial appointment made by Governor Desantis since taking office. Of the Governor’s appointments to date, 46% are female, 33% racially diverse, including 13% black, and an average age of 44 years old.

Emily Curington

Curington, of Fruitland Park, has been an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifth Circuit since 2002. She is also an adjunct professor at Lake Sumter State College. She received her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and her law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Curington fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Cary Rada to the Fifth Circuit Court.

Brett Szematowicz

Szematowicz, of St. Petersburg, has been a founding partner of Greater Tampa Law P.L. since 2013. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the American University and his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Szematowicz fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Myriam Irizarry and is the Governor’s 100th Appointee.



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