Curriculum Vitae

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1985-1995 County Court Judge

1995-2016 Circuit Court Judge

Re-elected to the bench, without opposition, for 32 years

Administrative Judge of County Court

Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil Division

Created Extended Trial Unit in Circuit Civil Division (Complex Litigation Division)

2014 Presiding Judge of 17th Circuit Court Appellate Division

Florida Supreme Court Bar Referee for Florida Bar Grievances

Florida Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee

1981- 1985 Law Firm Partner (Litigation)

1977-1981 Public Defenders Office - Chief Assistant (1980-1981)

1976 Intern, State Attorney’s Office

 

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Nova Law School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1977

B.S., Business Administration, Monmouth College, Long Branch, New Jersey 1972

Chaminade High School, Hollywood, Florida  1968

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES 

Chair, Canvassing Board of Broward County

President of Emerald Society of Fort Lauderdale 1993-1994

Justice Teaching

Career Days at Broward Schools

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Broward Bar Stephen Booher Memorial Award  2010

ABOTA Judge of the Year

Science and Technology Fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (Washington, D.C.)

Chaminade Madonna High School Hall of Fame

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis as Vice Chair of

Statewide Task Force of Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation. 

Appointed to Florida Supreme Court Work Group on Standards for Jury Panel Sizes. 

(All of the recommendations were adopted by the Supreme Court). 

Appointed by 5 Chief Justices as a Mentor for New Circuit Judges in the 17th Judicial Circuit.  Mentored 10 Circuit Judges. 

Appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis as the Chair/Select Committee Member of Justice Teaching, for Broward County

 

BAR ASSOCIATION/ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

The Florida Bar

Broward County Bar Association

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Trial Bar

Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney Association (former Vice President)

 

PAST FACULTY MEMBER/GUEST LECTURER

Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies

Florida Conference of Circuit Judges

Florida Conference of County Court Judges

National Trial Lawyer Association Summit

Nova Law School

 -Commencement  Speaker

 -Professionalism Panel

 -Administered Oath of Professionalism to incoming students, at orientations

Appointed by Supreme Court to teach Judicial Campaign Ethics throughout the State of Florida 

Broward Bar Jury Selection Seminars

Legends of the Courtroom Program

St. Thomas University Law School

Legal Malpractice Seminar