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The Hon. Martha C. Adams

Judge Martha C. Adams was elected by the voters of Orange County in 2006. She is currently serving in the misdemeanor and criminal traffic division at the downtown courthouse and has served almost five years in this division.

Judge Adams holds a Juris Doctorate of Law degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a graduate of Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Australian Studies.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Adams was an Assistant State Attorney in the Ninth Judicial Circuit for almost seven years. She also taught legal courses at the Police Academy and provided block training for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. She served on the Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law committee and participated in both Orange and Osceola County’s Teen Court programs.

Judge Adams is currently a member of the Orange County Bar Association. She is also an active member of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association. Judge Adams has been a speaker at numerous events in the Central Florida community, including the University of Central Florida legal studies program. She is also active in the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2072 · Contact by email

The Hon. Faye Allen

Judge Faye Allen was appointed to the bench in September 2005 by Gov. Jeb Bush. Judge Allen received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University. Judge Allen is dedicated enhancing the legal profession through volunteerism and mentoring. She volunteers extensively with the OCBA Law Week Program, Pathways in Law and Justice Teaching. She is a former Teen Court Volunteer Judge. Judge Allen mentors young attorneys and law students through her involvement in various bar organizations including the Central Florida Association For Women Lawyers. She served as a volunteer mentor in the Orange County School System AVID Program at Olympia High School. She is active in the community and serves on several Boards including the Orange County Bar Association Foundation Board, and the DUI Review Board where she serves as Vice-Chair. She formerly served on the Orange County Alliance Board. In 2007 Judge Allen was selected as Jurist of the Year by the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. In the same year she was recognized as Woman of the Year in the areas of Government and Law by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. She is a member of several voluntary bar organizations. Judge Allen currently sits as a County Judge in the Civil Division.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2257 · Contact by email

Jeff Ashton

Mr. Ashton was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. After high school he obtained an Associates Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College, a Bachelors Degree and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida. Upon graduation he was hired as an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando, Florida. In 1987 he was one of the prosecutors in a case that would forever change the way law enforcement investigates violent crime. The case of State vs. Tommie Andrews was the first case in the United State to use DNA evidence to convict a serial rapist. After a decade working his way through the various divisions of that office, he was called upon to create a homicide specialization unit where he worked for ten years prosecuting capital murder cases. In 2008 the prospect of groundbreaking scientific evidence brought him into the case of State vs. Casey Anthony; which brought him once again into the national spotlight. At the conclusion of that case he retired from his thirty year career as an Assistant State Attorney to become the author of the bestselling book “Imperfect Justice”, relating his experiences as one of the prosecutors in the Anthony case. After the release of his book he took on an even bigger challenge and once again answered the call to public service by submitting himself as a candidate for the office of State Attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. On August 14th the voters elected him to the post, which he will assume on January 8, 2013.


State Attorney Elect · State Attorney's Office - Ninth Judicial Circuit · · Contact by email

Brant S. Bittner

Brant S. Bittner is in his ninth year serving as the executive director of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). He has grown membership to more than 3,100 members and increased the budget to $1.5 million. His responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of the OCBA and directing a staff of twelve. He brings a wealth of corporate experience to this position, after serving as a marketing, advertising, and community relations manager for 27 years in the telecommunications industry in Florida and Ohio. Brant is a member of the Florida Bar Voluntary Liaison Committee, Lawyer Referral Service Committee and the American Bar Association plus the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE). He served as a member of the Program Committee for NABE. Bittner is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and has a Master Degree in Business.


Executive Director · Orange County Bar Association · 407-422-4551 · Contact by email

Bruce B. Blackwell

A fifth generation Floridian, Bruce B. Blackwell was raised in rural Marion County, graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in 1968. After service in the United States Air Force, he returned to Florida State in 1972 to pursue a law degree and graduated with honors. He is now a partner with the seven-lawyer law firm of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A., which specializes in complicated civil litigation. He has been admitted to practice in Florida, Georgia, and New York, and has been a frequent lecturer at seminars on legal ethics and professionalism.

In 2003, Mr. Blackwell received the annual Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award.
Mr. Blackwell has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2006, by Florida Trend magazine on all eight statewide lawyer peer reviews in 2004-2011 as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite.” Mr. Blackwell has previously served as the President of the Orange County Bar Association, and on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar (“BOG”) from 1994-1998.

In 2008, Mr. Blackwell was the recipient of the 2008 American Bar Association’s (ABA) Grassroots
Advocacy Award and was the first Floridian to receive this national award. In June 2008, the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents awarded him the statewide 2008 Outstanding Voluntary Bar President Award, their highest award. In June 2008, Mr. Blackwell was the recipient of the Outstanding Member Award by the First Central Florida American Inn of Court, its highest award. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Service Award, its highest award for service.

He served from 1998 through 2009 as a member of The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors and as President in 2008. In June 2011 he received the Foundations’s 34 Medal of Honor, the the highest award bestowed by the legal profession in Florida. READ MORE


King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. · 407-422-2472 · Contact by email

The Hon. Alice Blackwell

Judge Alice Blackwell has served as a Circuit Court Judge since her appointment in March 1991.   She has previously served in the Criminal, Civil, Family, and Domestic Violence divisions of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, and she currently sits in Business Court, a complex commercial division of the court.  Judge Blackwell was the first female judge appointed to serve as Administrative Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Judge Blackwell graduated from Furman University and the University of South Carolina.   Before going on the bench, she was a partner in Broad and Cassel, where she practiced commercial and construction litigation.
Since becoming a judge, Judge Blackwell has received the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Central Florida Chapter, as well as The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award given by the Orange County Bar Association to a judge who exhibits outstanding professionalism.  She has received a number of awards for her work in the area of domestic violence.
Judge Blackwell was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges in 2008, and she has served as the Chair of the Supreme Court Commission of Trial Court Performance and Accountability from 1999 to 2009.  Each year, she serves as a faculty member in the Florida New Judges’ College, as well as in the Florida Advanced Judicial College.   Currently, Judge Blackwell also teaches as an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law.


Orange County Circuit Court · · Contact by email

The. Hon Arthur B. Briskman


United States Bankruptcy Court · 407-648-6365 ·

Phil K. Calandrino

AV-rated Orlando business attorney, Phil Calandrino, is a dyed-in-the wool Floridian. He moved here from Illinois with his parents in 1984. Back then, as excited as he was to be in Florida, he had lifelong dreams of becoming a lawyer like his uncle. So, after being part of the first graduating class of Dr. Phillips High School, Phil went off to business school at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1994) and then on to law school at Indiana University School of Law, in Bloomington (1998), to soak up all the business law lectures he could and to watch Coach Bobby Knight throw tantrums – along with an occasional chair or two – up and down the basketball court.

Growing up in a household of entrepreneurs, Phil learned what it really meant to be a small business owner. So, when he graduated from law school, he could think of no better career than being an entrepreneur himself, especially one who helps other like-minded people start and grow their businesses.

Phil works with small business owners to start, buy, and sell business ventures, raise financing for those enterprises, protect the assets of the business and its owners, and draft agreements for all varieties of business relationships. Phil is also a hard-nosed business trial attorney and has been quoted by dozens of national media outlets. He is admitted to practice in all Florida federal and state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Phil is acting OCBA Business Law Committee chairman and a Barrister in the Inns of Court. He is also involved with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club and West Orange Chamber of Commerce.


Calandrino Law Firm, P.A. · 407-601-4905 · Contact by email

Susan Constantine

Susan Constantine is a body language expert, jury consultant, and Florida Supreme Court County mediator specializing deception detection, and volunteers her time as a teen court judge in Seminole County. Susan is the most requested and leading body language expert that serves as “Prime Time” contributor to:

CNN- The Today’s Show with Kathy Lee & Hoda
ABC – Dateline with Mike Murphy and Nightline
CBS – Inside Edition
HLN AND CNN- Dr. Drew, Issues: with Jane Velez Mitchell, Nancy Grace, Prime Time with Vinnie Politian, Justice: with Judge Pirro
Tru TV- “In Session” with Ryan Smith
Fox News - Hannity, Fox & Friends, What’s Happening Now, and Shepard Smith
Associated Press - Reuters, Chicago Tribute, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Journal, and Orlando Sentinel
National Radio Contributor- Clear Channel in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California; WOC In Davenport, Iowa; WGBN in Youngstown, Ohio; WTKK in Boston; KMED in Medford, Oregon; WTVN in Columbus, Ohio; and Clear Channel in Orlando, Florida.

Susan developed and conducts CLE, CME, CJE, and CPE certification programs for continuing education across the country in how to Evaluating Truthfulness. Susan extensive training in investigative interviewing, interrogations, analytic and cognitive interviewing caught the attention of fortune 500 companies, law enforcement, judges, attorneys, investigators, and mediators. Her “top-secret” profiling and rapport building skills in “reading people” has trained thousands of professionals in how to read, interpret, and predict verbal objections before they are expressed so that one may obtain the competitive edge in trial, mediation, negotiations, sales, and leadership.


President · Silent Messages Inc. · 407-405-3417 · Contact by email

The Hon. Anne C. Conway

The Honorable Anne C. Conway is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. She was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, and is presently the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida. She is resident in the Orlando Division.

Judge Conway currently serves on the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services and served on the Case Management / Electronic Case Filing Working Advisory Group. Prior to becoming chief judge she chaired the Middle District of Florida Budget Committee and participated in several other court committees including Security, Space and Facilities, Case Management, and Automation. Judge Conway served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association from 2001 - 2004 and was Eleventh Circuit membership chair from 2003 - 2007.

Judge Conway presently serves on the University of Florida Law Center Association Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the Center for Governmental Responsibility. She participated in the Center = s Annual Conferences on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas in Lima, Peru in May 2006 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May 2008 speaking on Judicial Education and Professionalism. She also served as a panelist for the Center for Governmental Responsibility's inaugural symposium on the topic of A Privacy Law: Perspectives of National Security, the First Amendment, the Media, and the Individual.

Judge Conway attended the University of Florida College of Law, graduating with honors in 1975. She served as an executive editor of the law review. As a result of her work for the Center for Governmental Responsibility, she received the McIntosh Foundation Award. In addition, Judge Conway served as a Legal Aid Student Intern.

Judge Conway began her legal career with a federal clerkship with the Honorable John A. Reed, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. After completing her clerkship Judge Conway joined the firm of Young, Turnbull & Linscott, P.A. as an associate. In June 1978 she began practicing with the firm of Wells, Gattis & Hallowes, P.A., where she became a partner/shareholder of the firm in March 1981. In July 1982 Judge Conway joined the firm of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A. She became a shareholder of the firm in February 1985.

While in private practice as a member of The Florida Bar, Judge Conway was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida.


Chief U.S. District Judge for the U.S. Middle District of Florida · 407-835-4270 · Contact by email

Mary Anne De Petrillo

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Executive Director · Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association · 407-843-8310 · Contact by email

Richard S. Dellinger

Richard Dellinger is partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed, P.A. Mr. Dellinger is a litigation attorney and his practice includes civil litigation, commercial litigation, business litigation, intellectual property litigation, federal criminal litigation, wrongful death, and family law. Mr. Dellinger has over 12 years of litigation experience in state and federal court.

Mr. Dellinger handles large commercial matters, and also provides pro bono service to through the Bar’s Legal Aid Society. As a pro bono attorney, Mr. Dellinger advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children; serves as a teen court judge; serves as a community mediator; and provides domestic relations assistance to victims of domestic violence. Mr. Dellinger serves as a Board Member to the Orange County Bar’s Legal Aid Society and chairs the Legal Aid Society’s Legislative Affairs Committee.
Mr. Dellinger is the past President of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the current 11th Circuit Vice President for the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Government Relations Committee, and Vice Chair of the Vice Presidents of the Circuits. Mr. Dellinger is Member of Court’s Historical Society, Bench Bar Committee, and Judicial Relations Committee. Mr. Dellinger is a Barrister in the Inns of Court. Mr. Dellinger is the President of the OCBA’s Foundation, a non-profit committed to local civics education.
Mr. Dellinger is admitted to practice before The Florida Bar and North Carolina Bar. Mr. Dellinger graduated from the University of North Carolina.

A detailed biography is available at lowndes-law.com/our-people/richard-s-dellinger.


Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. · 407-843-4600 · Contact by email

The Hon. Patricia A. Doherty

Judge Doherty was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge in May 2010. She was initially assigned to Osceola County, Unified Family Court Division. She has been assigned to Orange County, Circuit Civil Division from January 2012 to the present.

Judge Doherty holds a Juris Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Judge Doherty’s professional Activities include: Florida Bar (Civil Rules Procedure Committee); Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Board Certification Committee; Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee (Chair, 1999); Lawyer Referral Committee; Orange County Bar Association (Federal & State Trial Practice Committee; Law Week Committee; Law and Education Committee; Labor & Employment Committee) and the Osceola County Bar Association; Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (President (1989-1990) and Treasurer (1985-1987); She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; and is Board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar.

Judge Doherty resides in the Orlando area with her husband, Archie O. Lowry, Jr. Esq.


Ninth Judicial Circuit Court · 407-836-2281 · Contact by email

Ava K. Doppelt

AVA K. DOPPELT is a shareholder in the Orlando intellectual property law firm of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P. A., where she practices primarily in the areas of copyright and trademark law, representing writers, artists, musicians, computer programmers, and businesses. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 1972, and received her law degree in 1976 from New York University. Before moving to Florida, she was an attorney for The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. in New York City.

Ms. Doppelt is a board certified intellectual property lawyer and a member of the inaugural Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar, the first state Bar association to certify intellectual property lawyers. She serves on ABA, Florida and New York State Bar committees on intellectual property, franchising, antitrust and entertainment law, is a member of the International Trademark Association and Copyright Society of the United States, and has been a member of the Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has served as President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and Treasurer of the Orange County Bar Association.

Ms. Doppelt has lectured widely on trademark, copyright, trade secret, franchise, publishing, entertainment, art and internet law and litigation, and has served as an expert witness. She has been an adjunct professor of trademark law at Barry University School of Law, and has lectured at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in courses on intellectual property litigation and cyberlaw.


Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A. · 407-841-2330 · Contact by email

Mayanne Downs

Mayanne Downs is a native of Orlando, Florida, where she serves as the first woman City Attorney for the City of Orlando, and practices law as a partner with GrayRobinson, P.A.

Mayanne is a double Gator, with both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, where she graduated with High Honors, was inducted into Order of the Coif and Florida Blue Key, and was elected to the prestigious University of Florida Hall of Fame. She served in two senior editorial positions at the University of Florida, and also as the Chancellor of the university-wide Student Honor Court.

Mayanne has been active in state and local bar activities, serving as President of the Orange County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and, most recently, as the 61st President of The Florida Bar, and a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

Mayanne is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and selected as one of the Top 50 women lawyers in Florida. Mayanne handles a wide range of litigation matters, including appellate, commercial litigation, business disputes and family law cases. She has represented many high profile clients, local, statewide and national law firms, and obtained the largest reported divorce settlement in the United States. Mayanne also serves on the board of several organizations, including Florida’s Lexis/Nexis advisory board.

Mayanne lives in downtown Orlando, less than one mile from where she grew up. She is the proud mother of Barry, a junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Savannah, a freshman at Auburn University.


GrayRobinson, P.A. · 407-24405647 · Contact by email

Mary Ann Etzler

Mary Ann Etzler is a partner at the law firm of Miller Etzler, P.L. Since July 2001, she has been a plaintiff and defense litigator with a focus on commercial, general business, real estate, construction, and environmental law, as well as related collection, contract and insurance disputes. She is licensed to practice in federal and state court and Ms. Etzler's areas of practice involve all aspects of trial, mediation and arbitration. In addition, she serves as a Guardian ad Litem for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Before entering private practice Ms. Etzler served for nearly five years as an assistant state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit (Orange/Osceola Counties, Florida). Ms. Etzler has been an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix and for the Orange County Police Academy at Valencia Community College, both in Orlando, Florida. She is/has been a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Orange County Bar (Editing Committee, 2000 and mediator 1998, 1999 and 2008), the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (past president 2009-2010 and director since 1999), The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee (former chair, 1998 to 2001), and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Mentoring Committee (co-chair). Ms. Etzler is a director and the 2010 past president of the Christian Service Center, she was the president of her Homeowner's Association Board for nearly five years, is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class of 1975, and a 1992 graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg. Ms. Etzler currently serves on the Executive Council of the Orange County Bar Association, the George C. Young, Central Florida American Inn of Court, the Careers Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Women, Orlando Chapter, and she serves as a mentor to two young women lawyers.

Ms. Etzler earned her B.S. degree from the University of South Florida and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford. She is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, married, and mom to two wonderful boys.


Miller Etzler, P.L. · 407-478-7950 · Contact by email

The Hon. Carolyn B. Freeman

Judge Carolyn B. Freeman was elected by the voters of Orange County in 1990. She is currently serving as the county Court Administrative Judge in Orange County, Florida and has served 10 years as the County Court Administrative Judge. She has previously served in all division of County Court, including Traffic Division, Criminal Division, Jail Division, Specialized Domestic Violence Division. She implemented the Traffic Hearing Officer program in 1994 to assist the County Judges with traffic infraction hearings and correspondence. In 2000, she assisted with the implementation of the planning, scheduling and operation of the two County Court Courtrooms at the jail which handle Initial Appearances, Misdemeanor/Traffic Arraignments, Collection Court Writs, 33 day Motion hearings, and Mental Health Court diversions.

Prior to taking the bench Judge Freeman worked in private practice handling civil matters.

Judge Freeman holds a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rollins College. She attended elementary school, junior high school and high school in Orange County, Florida. She is married and has two grown children.

She is currently a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar and the Conference of County Court Judges, and has served on various committees with those organizations.


Orange County Circuit Court · 407-836-2093 · Contact by email

Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D.

Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D. (aka “Dr. G”) is the chief medical examiner for the District Nine Medical Examiner Office covering Orange and Osceola counties in Florida and has been a forensic pathologist for over 25 years. She is also currently a Clinical Associate Professor for the Florida State University College of Medicine.

A graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Garavaglia completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in pathology at the University Hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri. She then completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner Office in Miami, Florida. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology.

Prior to joining the office in Florida, Dr. Garavaglia was a medical examiner at the Bexar County Forensic Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, for 10 years. While there she also served as a clinical assistant professor for the department of pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as a member of their Graduate Faculty Council for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science. She has also worked as a medical examiner in Jacksonville, Florida and the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Dr. Garavaglia is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, the Florida Association of Medical Examiners, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. She is a recipient of community service awards for her work in forensic pathology in San Antonio, Texas and Orange County Florida.

In addition, Dr. Garavaglia has given innumerable presentations and lectures at various institutions, and has been published in scientific media such as the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of Trauma, and The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. She is the subject and host of the popular TV show Dr. G. Medical Examiner on the Discovery Fit and Health TV channel, which in 2008 won an International Health and Medical Media award for “Best Health Series.” She has also appeared on The Larry King, Oprah, Rachel Ray, and Dr. Oz shows, as well as The Doctors, Good Morning America, the Today show, Inside Edition, and the Dr. Drew show.

Dr. Garavaglia is married to Mark Wallace, M.D. They have three sons, Alex, Eric, and Luke.


Chief Medical Examiner · Office of the Medical Examiner, District Nine · 407-836-9450 · Contact by email

The Hon. Jacqueline R. Griffin

Jacqueline R. Griffin is a judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal of Florida. In 1975 she received her Juris Doctor degree with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and worked for the Center for Governmental Responsibility. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, she practiced law for fifteen years in Orlando, Florida, specializing in commercial litigation. She was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal in January 1990, and served as chief judge from 1997 to 1999. She has served as a faculty member of the Advanced Judicial College since 1991, and she was an organizer and interim dean of the New Appellate Judges' School of the Florida Judicial College. She has served on multiple committees concerned with Judicial Evaluation and internet access to court records. She is a member of the American Law Institute.


Fifth District Court of Appeal · 386-947-1583 · Contact by email

Travis R. Hollifield

Mr. Hollifield is a Florida native who grew up in Orange County and attended Winter Park High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Journalism degree, Mr. Hollifield attended Nova Southeastern University Law School in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Hollifield founded the Hollifield Legal Centre for Women to serve and promote the interests of all working women in Florida. He also founded the Hollifield Legal Centre for Intellectual Property to protect the creative endeavors of businesses and individuals. Travis R. Hollifield also is a Middle District of Florida and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator who mediates primarily in the areas of employment and intellectual property law.


Attorney · Hollifield Legal Centre · 407-599-9590 · Contact by email

Allison R. Imber

Allison Imber is a Registered Patent Attorney who practices Intellectual Property Litigation as well as handles various patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark transactional matters. She has prosecuted numerous trademark and patent applications from availability searches to registration, and counsels business owners regarding intellectual property protection strategies. Her litigation experience spans from the Southern to the Northern District of Florida, and includes inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Allison graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law cum laude in May of 2007, and from Florida State University cum laude with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry in August of 2003.


Attorney · Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A. · 407-841-2330 · Contact by email

The Hon. Karen S. Jennemann

The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, in November, 1993. Prior to her appointment, Judge Jennemann was a shareholder in the law firm of Mahoney Adams & Criser, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida, where she specialized in bankruptcy law, and an associate at Smith Hulsey & Busey, Jacksonville, Florida. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Doumar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. Judge Jennemann was appointed as Chief Judge on October 1, 2011.

Judge Jennemann received her J.D. degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rollins College, and received her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.


United States Bankruptcy Court · 407-648-6832 · Contact by email

W. Glenn Jensen



Roetzel & Andress, LPA · · Contact by email

Kristyne E. Kennedy

Kristyne Kennedy is a civil litigation attorney in the Orlando office of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. She has more than eleven years of experience practicing employment law, including litigation, trial experience and providing clients with legal advice and counseling. Much of her practice is devoted to employment litigation and responding to administrative agencies investigating employer practices. She also provides clients with legal advice and counseling regarding employer policies and various workplace law issues, emphasizing preventive practices. Ms. Kennedy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in 1992 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. While attending University of Miami, she focused her studies on Labor and Employment Law and served as a Legal Intern in the Miami District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Kennedy is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”), serving on the OCBA's Executive Council since 2006. She is currently serving as immediate past president of the OCBA. She has also served on boards of other organizations, including the Central Florida Human Resources Association, OCBA Foundation, and OCBA Legal Aid Society. Ms. Kennedy’s other professional memberships include the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and Society for Human Resource Management. She is admitted to practice in all Florida federal and state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. · 321-972-0028 · Contact by email

The Hon. John M. Kest

Judge Kest has been a Circuit Judge since 2003, serving in the Juvenile, Felony and Circuit Civil Divisions in Orange and Osceola Counties. Before taking the bench, he had a distinguished legal career for thirty years as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, handling complex personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability litigation, representing primarily plaintiffs. He has served as President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and he served for 5 years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors.

Since being elected to the Bench, Judge Kest has served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (FCCJ). He has attended and completed the faculty training program enabling him to teach at judicial conferences throughout the country. Judge Kest has served on the faculty at each of the Circuit Judges' conference since taking the Bench in 2003, has taught at the Advanced Judicial Studies Colleges (AJS), and regularly teaches at the New Judges' College. He is also the Director of the Statewide Judicial Mentoring Program charged with mentoring all newly elected or appointed judges during their first year on the Bench. Judge Kest has also developed and presents a monthly Brown Bag series of seminars for young lawyers on topics that appear to be problematic for lawyers commencing their practice.

More recently in 2010 he was named the “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Kest was also named as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus by the Florida State University College of Law. In 2011 he was presented with “The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award” for professionalism on the Bench by the Orange County Bar Association. Also, on June 9, 2011, Judge Kest received the highest award given by the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court Award for “fostering Professionalism, Ethics and Civility in the practice of law.” At the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando in late June, he was named the Outstanding Jurist of the Year for 2011 by the Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. READ MORE.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-0443 · Contact by email

Lawson L. Lamar

Lawson Lamar is the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida which encompasses Orange and Osceola Counties. This geographic region is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Mr. Lamar was elected State Attorney in 1988. When Mr. Lamar served as Orange County Sheriff for two terms his agency led Florida’s nine largest policing jurisdictions in crime reduction while maintaining the lowest policing cost per capita of those jurisdictions for seven years.

Prior to taking office as Sheriff in 1981, Mr. Lamar was a prosecutor and Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Lamar is co-author of the McGraw Hill College text entitled, The Criminal Courts.

Mr. Lamar received his A.A. from the University of Florida in 1962, and his B.Ed. with honors from the University of Miami in 1964. Prior to his graduation with honors from the University of Florida, College of Law in l972, he gained valuable investigative experience as an army airborne intelligence officer earning the rank of captain and receiving numerous honors for his service in Vietnam and Europe including the Bronze Star. He is a member of the University of Florida Honorary Leadership Fraternity, Florida Blue Key.

Mr. Lamar created the nationally recognized Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, one of the longest running and most successful narcotics and vice multi-agency task forces in the nation. He was also appointed to the Governor's Commission on the Statewide Prosecution function and the Governor's Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Group. He was Chairman of the Governor's Violent Crime Council. He is a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of its College of Health and Public Administration. He is a 33rd degree Mason and a Shriner. He is a Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Lamar brought the forensic use of DNA evidence to America from England. The first courtroom DNA case in the US was prosecuted by this office in Orlando, Florida.

Lawson was born April 5, 1942 in West Palm Beach, Florida and is married to Jo-Ann and has three children, Thomas, Lawson II and Lauren. He has two granddaughters Alexandra and Sophia. He enjoys cycling, tennis, water and snow skiing and the shooting sports.


State Attorney · Ninth Judicial Circuit Orange and Osceola Counties · 407-836-2400 · Contact by email

The Hon. Alicia L. Latimore

Judge Alicia L. Latimore, a native Floridian, was born and reared in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She graduated from Ransom-Everglades High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from Duke University, North Carolina. She then attended the University of Florida where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1990.

Upon graduation from law school she began her legal career with a general practice firm where she handled civil and family law cases. In 1991, she joined the State of Florida Department of Labor Bureau of Appeals for Unemployment Compensation as an Appeals Referee/Administrative Hearing Officer and then later joined Perry & Lamb, P.A. as an associate handling family and juvenile law until she decided in 1993 to open her own private law firm.

From November 1993 until December 2005, while a private practitioner, Judge Latimore concentrated in the areas of marital/family and juvenile law. In recognition of her proficiency in these areas she was appointed in 1999 to the Supreme Court of Florida Dependency Court Improvement Committee and the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Fairness. She also held the position of Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 1994 to 1997.

On December 5, 2005, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit covering Orange and Osceola counties. She is the first and only African American female to hold the position of Circuit Court Judge in the history of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. After serving four years on the felony criminal bench she was assigned to the juvenile delinquency division and juvenile drug court where she currently sits. She is the former Chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Teen Summit and is compassionate about keeping our youth out of the criminal justice system.

She is a member of a number of professional and civic organizations including, but not limited to, the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, the Florida Court Education Council, the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the George C. Young Central Florida Inn of Court, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and St. Mark A.M.E. Church.


Circuit Court Judge · Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-7590 · Contact by email

The Hon. Frederick J. Lauten

Fred Lauten is the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Criminal Division of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Lauten has also presided over the Complex Commercial Litigation Division and previously served as Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division. He has presided over the Violation of Probation Division, Circuit Criminal Division 17, a Circuit Criminal Division in Osceola County and served in every division in the Orange County Court. Judge Lauten has been on the bench for 20 years. Prior to being a judge, Judge Lauten worked in the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s office for 11 years. He also practiced law in Washington D.C. and in Longwood Florida. Judge Lauten received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University in 1979. He received an M.B.A. from Rollins College in 1976 and a B. A. from Rollins College in 1975. Judge Lauten graduated from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando. He attended St. Mary Magdalen grade school in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Judge Lauten moved to Florida in 1967. He was born in Chicago Illinois.

Judge Lauten resides in Orlando with his wife Shelley and has two children, Chris Lauten, 28 and Victoria Bennett, 25.
                                                                                                                           


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2009 · Contact by email

The Hon. Bob LeBlanc

The Honorable Bob LeBlanc graduated with honors from St. John’s Preparatory School, a Catholic boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1975 and attended Bradford College outside Boston. During his junior year of college, Judge LeBlanc studied political science and philosophy abroad at American College of Paris and graduated with honors with a BA in political philosophy from Bradford College in 1980. He undertook graduate studies in political philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 1980 and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989. He interned with the Public Defender's Office in Orlando (1987) and the American Stock Exchange in New York (1988) during summer breaks from law school. Judge LeBlanc worked two years as a public defender in Orlando and later was employed for five years at Bogin, Munns & Munns where he handled criminal defense cases and learning personal injury. Judge LeBlanc established his own law firm in 1996 with partner Frank Iennaco, LeBlanc & Iennaco, and practiced until he became a judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2007. He is now in his sixth year assigned to Circuit Criminal Division 15. Judge LeBlanc is active with several community organizations and has served for twelve years on the board of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Among other organizations, Judge LeBlanc volunteers with Orange Center Elementary School with a Rotary group.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2012 · Contact by email

Elizabeth F. McCausland

Liz McCausland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1994 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida School of Law in 1997. Prior to starting Liz McCausland PA Ms. McCausland practiced general civil litigation. She now concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and mediation. She is a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and has conducted over 500 Mortgage Modification Mediations since the inception of the Orlando Bankrutpcy Divisions’ Mortgage Modification Mediation Program.
Ms. McCausland is a member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, the Orange County Bar Association (Board Member), The Legal Aid Society (Board Member), Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Past Treasurer), and the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association.

Most recently Ms. McCausland was awarded the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award Certificate and the Orange County Bar Associations’ 2007 Young Lawyers Lawrence G. Mathews Professionalism Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Devereux Foundation and the Florida Bar’s Committee to Study the Decline in Jury Trials.


Attorney · Liz McCausland, P.A. · 407-492-1817 · Contact by email

Judith M. Mercier

Judith M. Mercier concentrates in complex civil litigation as a trial lawyer and appellate advocate. Her practice encompasses a broad range of substantive areas with specific areas of focus including contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property and media law. She has significant experience with large, complex cases requiring litigation management and logistic skills. Additionally, as national counsel for clients, she manages a team of attorneys handling numerous cases filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Mercier has represented clients in jury and nonjury trials, appeals and arbitrations. She is a former CPA who has served as a court-appointed equity receiver over seven corporations in an action in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ms. Mercier is a member of the firm's National Media Team and served for three years as the national chair of the Holland & Knight Women’s Initiative. Ms. Mercier served as a member of the firm's Diversity Council and is a graduate of the Rising Stars program, an intensive year-long leadership program sponsored by the Women's Initiative.

PROFESSIONAL HONORS & AWARDS - The Best Lawyers in America guide, Media Law, 2008-2012; Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated; American Jurisprudence Book Award, Evidence, University of Miami

MEMBERSHIPS - ABA - Forum on Communications Law, Member; The Florida Bar, Member, Media Law Committee; Orange County Bar Association, Chair, Chair, Judicial Relations Committee; ABA Young Lawyers Division, Former Vice Chair, Law and Media Section; Leadership Orlando, Graduate; Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Former President University of Miami Law Review, Former Articles and Comments Editor

COURT ADMISSIONS - U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Appeals Court, Eleventh Circuit. READ MORE.


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The Hon. A. Thomas Mihok

A. Thomas  Mihok  presently serves as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida.  He was appointed to the bench in 1995 by Governor Lawton Chiles.  Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Mihok has been re-elected three times without opposition.  He presently serves in the civil division of the court.  He has previously presided over felony, juvenile delinquency, and domestic  relations divisions of the Ninth Circuit.  During his career, Judge Mihok has tried cases involving, among other things, charges of first degree murder, medical malpractice claims, real property disputes, election controversies, and serious personal injury claims.
Judge Mihok has also had the opportunity to serve as an Associate Judge on the 4th and 5th District Courts of Appeal.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1967, Judge Mihok served five years in the United States Navy as a jet carrier pilot.  After an honorable discharge in 1972, he went to Stetson University College of Law where he received his law degree in 1975.  From 1975 to 1978, Judge Mihok served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.  He was in private law practice from 1978 until his appointment to the bench in 1995. 
Judge Mihok is a past faculty member of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Barry University College of Law where he has taught trial advocacy since 2008.


Orange County Courthouse · 407-836-0438 · Contact by email

Jamie Billotte Moses

Ms. Moses is a board certified appellate specialist with the law firm of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley and Dunlap, P.A. Ms. Moses serves as the Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association and is Chair of the OCBA's Judicial Relations Committee. Ms. Moses has been very active in The Florida Bar as well having served as President of the Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar. In additional to handling appeals, Ms. Moses represents real estate professionals in litigation and licensing issues.


Fisher, Rushmer, et al. · 407-843-2111 · Contact by email

The Hon. Lisa T. Munyon



Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2470 · Contact by email

The Hon. Julie H. O'Kane

Julie H. O’Kane, Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orlando (2003-present), currently assigned to the Criminal Division. B.B.A., Florida Atlantic University (1987); J.D. (Dean’s List, Honor Roll), Stetson University College of Law, including Teaching Fellow-Legal Research and Writing and Judicial Intern for The Honorable Alexander Paskay, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida. Formerly a Partner with deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP (1991-2003).


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-0586 · Contact by email

Joseph M. Percopo

Mr. Percopo is a Florida Licensed Attorney and a Florida Notary Public. He received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated in the top 3% of his class with highest honors and was invited to join The Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society whose purpose is to promote and engage excellence in legal education. After graduating from law school Mr. Percopo went on to receive his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, one of the nation's leading programs for the advanced study of tax law.

Mr. Percopo works at the law firm of Giles & Robinson, P.A. where his practice focuses on estate planning, asset protection, business and tax law. He has authored two articles for the Florida Bar Journal, the most recent of which was "The Impact of Co-Ownership of Florida Homestead."


Esquire · Giles & Robinson, P.A. · 407-425-3591 · Contact by email

The Hon. Antoinette D. Plogstedt

Antoinette DiPalma Plogstedt was elected Orange County Judge in 2000. She has served in a criminal division for five years and a civil division for six years. She graduated in 1987 from the University of Tampa with a B.S., cum laude, in Marketing and a Minor in Business Administration. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990, where she served on the Moot Court Board and Honor Court prosecutor. She was re-elected without opposition in 2006.

Judge Antoinette D. Plogstedt is a former Assistant State Attorney. She was an A-V Rated attorney and practiced in both civil and criminal law before taking the bench. She worked in private practice and then started her own law practice. She served as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children and received the OCBA Legal Aid Award of Excellence in recognition of her work.

Judge Plogstedt was elected to two terms as Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association. She was also elected to the YLS Board of the OCBA. Judge Plogstedt served as a board member and officer of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL). Orange County Judge Antoinette D. Plogstedt currently serves as CFAWL’s Judicial Liaison. She has served on CFAWL’s Board as the Co-chair of Professional Development; Co-Editor of the Newsletter; Membership Chair; Judicial Reception Chair; and the Public Relations Chair. Judge Plogstedt serves as a CFAWL Mentor.

Judge Plogstedt recently served as the Co-Chair of the OCBA Law Week’s Day in the Life of a Judge program. She previously chaired the OCBA Young Lawyers’ Law Explorer Post.

Judge Plogstedt has chaired the 9th Circuit’s Jury Innovations Committee. She worked on improving the juror experience in the Courts. She was instrumental in developing the Court’s Cybercafe for jurors, greeting jurors, and extending child supervision to jurors.

Judge Plogstedt served as Chair of the Orange County Election Canvassing Board and is a Mentor Judge to new judges. She is a frequent community speaker at local elementary schools, high schools, middle schools, law schools, Valencia, and UCF. She recently spoke at the Foundation’s Teacher’s Legal Institute, the Boys and Girls Club Career Exploration program, and The Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminars.

Judge Plogstedt serves on the OCBA Foundation Board and the Teen Court Advisory Board. She is a volunteer with Justice Teaching, where she teaches civics lessons to 7th graders. Judge Plogstedt is a Bencher with the Inns of Court.

Judge Plogstedt enjoys cooking and photography. She enjoys traveling with her family. She has traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Orange County Judge Antoinette Plogstedt and her husband, Marc, are raising their four busy, teenage daughters in Orlando. She has been very active as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, PTSA Teach-In Chair, Room Mom and Band Booster. She is active in the Rotary Club of Orlando, where she is named a Paul Harris Fellow. Judge Plogstedt is a 16 year breast cancer survivor.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-2246 · Contact by email

The Hon. Jose R. Rodriguez

JOSE R. RODRIGUEZ
Miami-Dade Community College, A.A., North Campus ‘72
U.C.F – B.A., Communications ‘74
Florida State University, College of Law, J.D. ‘77

PERSONAL
He was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 9. He received his elementary, middle and high school education through the public school system of Miami-Dade County, Florida graduating from Miami Senior High School in 1971. He married his college (FTU/UCF) sweetheart, attorney Ana Tangel-Rodriguez (FSU Law ’78) and they have two grown children.

EDUCATIONAL
He graduated from Miami Senior High School in 1971. In 1972, just one year after graduating from high school, he received an Associate of Arts degree cum laude from Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus. A Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded cum laude from the University of Central Florida in 1974 (back then – Florida Technological University). He attended the Florida State University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1977.

PROFESSIONAL, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND LEADERSHIP
Jose R. Rodriguez has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, has been a faculty member of the Florida Judicial College, the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies (serving as part of the team teaching the Juvenile Track - May of 2005 and June of 2012) and lecturer at the Circuit and County Judges’ educational conferences. He serves as the Juvenile Education Track-Lead for the Florida Conference of Circuit Judge which plans and produces the future educational curriculum to be delivered for Continuing Judicial Education credit. He was invited to present as a faculty member of the “Dealing with Differences” diversity workshop of Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies in May of 2007. He has been certified as a judicial instructor since 1991.
He served frequently as a panelist at the Juvenile & Family Drug Court National Training Conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. READ MORE.


Ninth Judicial Circuit · 407-836-0417 ·

Gary S. Salzman

Gary S. Salzman is a shareholder with GrayRobinson, P.A., practicing in its Orlando office. He primarily handles litigation, mediation, arbitration and private judging for business, real estate, employment, landlord-tenant and lender disputes.

Gary received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1985 and his Juris Doctorate in 1988 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, when he began practicing as a member of The Florida Bar. In 1997, Gary became Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation. He then served for six years on The Florida Bar’s Business Litigation Certification Committee as a former member and past chairperson. He also served on the Business Court Formation Committee for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange County, Florida.

Gary is presently an elected member of the Executive Council for the Orange County Bar Association and an appointed member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Additionally, he holds a “master” designation and is the President of the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court.

Gary is a certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a circuit-civil mediator and appellate mediator. He is also trained arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and The Florida Supreme Court, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s arbitration and mediation panels.


GrayRobinson, P.A. · 407-843-8880 · Contact by email

Paul Scheck

Paul Scheck is a partner with Shutts & Bowen LLP. Mr. Scheck primarily practices in the areas of labor & employment, and has worked with employers and human resources professionals for almost 20 years. He advises businesses on ways to enforce non-compete agreements, and handles claims involving unpaid wages or overtime, as well as employment discrimination cases and other labor matters. His clients include companies in the construction, entertainment, timeshare and health care industries. He attended the University of Florida for undergraduate and law school. Mr. Scheck is currently the President of the Orange County Bar Association and is a Past President of the Young Lawyers’ Section.


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Nicholas A. Shannin

Nicholas A. Shannin is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice and is rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell. He is also a Board Certified Circuit, Appellate and Federal Court Mediator. He has been selected to Florida Trends “Legal Elite” and to “Super Lawyers” for each of the past several years.  He is an experienced appellate advocate with an extensive background in state and federal appellate representation. He maintains a practice including commercial, construction, governmental and tort litigation to compliment his appellate practice. He is admitted to practice in Florida state and federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Mr. Shannin earned his Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Florida School of Law where he won competitions as a member of both the Moot Court and Trial Teams. He also earned his dual major B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Mr. Shannin is a member of The Florida Bar, including the Executive Council of the Appellate Practice Section. He has also served on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Mr. Shannin is very active with the Orange County Bar Association, having served as President of its Young Lawyers Section, President of its Foundation, and President of the Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees. He has been recognized for his professionalism in his practice as the recipient of the Orange County Bar Association Lawrence Mathews Professionalism Award. Mr. Shannin is also a long-time member of the Osceola County Bar Association. In addition to his state and local bar activities, Mr. Shannin serves as spokesman for the West Orange Habitat for Humanity, and actively promotes Habitat’s mission amongst lawyer groups statewide.


Shannin Law Firm, P.A. · 407-985-2222 · Contact by email

Brian L. Steinberger

Brian S. Steinberger, Esq. is the founder and senior managing member for the intellectual property law firm of Brian S. Steinberger, PA, Registered Patent Attorneys, having four registered patent attorneys in Cocoa, Florida.

Mr. Steinberger has been a registered patent attorney for over 19 years, and has written and prosecuted over 1,000 patent applications which have issued into over 900 U.S. granted patents, as well has hundreds of foreign patents, and over 1,200 trademarks and hundreds of copyrights. His clients include major universities, corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Steinberger has been an adjunct instructor on Intellectual Property for the UCF Small Business Development Center since 1995, as well as for the UCF Incubator Center in Orlando for many years, and authored dozens of articles on intellectual property for publications including the Orlando Sentinel. Mr. Steinberger has litigated patent, trademark and copyright cases as well as has been a testifying expert on in Patent litigation cases.

Before starting his firm, Mr. Steinberger worked at the U.S. Patent Office as an examiner for over 9 years, leaving the Patent Office as a Senior Primary Patent Examiner. As a former examiner, he examined over 500 patent applications as both a junior and senior patent examiner in electrical and mechanical arts, and received multiple awards for quality achievement.

Mr. Steinberger received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1992, was in the top1/3 of his class, and on the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Steinberger received academic scholarships for both his second and third years, while continuing to work full time at the U.S. Patent Office.

Mr. Steinberger received his engineering degree in industrial operations engineering and a general science degree for Physics with electrical engineering work from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1982.

In addition to being a registered Patent Attorney, Mr. Steinberger has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995, the Pennsylvania Bar since 1992, and the Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida for over 10 years.


Law Offices of Brian S. Steinberger · 321-633-5080 · Contact by email

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Supervising Attorney - Dept. of Children & Families


Esq. · Department of Children and Families · 407-522-2216 · Contact by email

Robert Wesley

Robert Wesley is the elected Public Defender of Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. He is a board certified criminal trial lawyer and has been certified by Florida and Federal courts to represent defendants in capital cases. Previously, Wesley served as the Executive Director of the community defender organization of Volunteer Lawyers Resource Center and was Executive Director of the Florida Supreme Court’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission. 


Public Defender · Office of the Public Defender · 407-836-4800 · Contact by email

Thomas A. Zehnder

A shareholder with King, Blackwell, Zehnder, & Wermuth,P.A., Thomas A. Zehnder has practiced as a commercial litigator in Orlando since he graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995. He has represented both individuals and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex commercial matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration. Before being sworn in as President of the OCBA, Mr. Zehnder served in various leadership positions with the OCBA, including as President of the Young Lawyers’ Section in 2005-06. In 2006, Mr. Zehnder received the OCBA's highest honor awarded to a young lawyer, the Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr. Young Lawyer Professionalism Award. Mr. Zehnder also provides pro bono service as a Guardian ad Litem. In 2004, he received the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award, a statewide service award presented by the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division that recognizes extraordinary contributions in the provision of pro bono services.


King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. · 407-422-2472 · Contact by email