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Second District Court of Appeal
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Judge Chris Altenbernd

Judge Altenbernd was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in 1989 and retained by the electorate in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. He served as chief judge of the court from February 2003 to June 2005, and served as president of the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges in 2006 and 2007.







  • Following law school, he entered private practice in Tampa with Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A. He became a partner in that firm in 1979 and a member of its board of directors in 1986. While in private practice, he was a civil litigator and frequently appeared before the Second District Court of Appeal.
  • Judge Altenbernd was named Jurist of the Year by the Florida Board of Trial Advocates in 1998 and by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1999. He received the James C. Adkins Award from the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of The Florida Bar in 2002.
  • Judge Altenbernd attended Harvard College from 1967 until 1969. After volunteering for a year with the Delta Ministry in Greenville, Miss., he returned to the University of Missouri where he received his B.A. degree, with honors, in psychology in 1972. He received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1975, and a Master of Laws in Judicial Process in 1998 from the University of Virginia.
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Judge Morris Silberman

Judge Silberman was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning in January 2001. He served as chief judge of the court from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013.  







  • Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Herboth S. Ryder at the Second District Court of Appeal before working with law firms in Sarasota and Clearwater. In 1988 he formed his own firm in Clearwater, focusing on general civil litigation and appellate practice, with an emphasis on business and contract disputes.
  • Judge Silberman has taught at Florida's Advanced Judicial College and at the Conferences of Florida's Circuit and County Court Judges. He has lectured on numerous occasions on matters relating to appellate practice, litigation, ethics, judicial discipline and professionalism. He is liaison to The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.
  • Judge Silberman received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, majoring in philosophy and political science. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982.
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    Judge Daniel Sleet

    Judge Sleet was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in December 2012. Previously he served as a judge in he 13th Judicial Circuit Court, having been appointed to the bench in 2005. He faced voters for the first time in 2008 and won election without opposition.


              


    • Following law school, Judge Sleet served as an assistant state attorney for the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1991. During his tenure, he tried more than 50 jury trials including capital murders, drug trafficking and violent felonies.
    • In 1991, Judge Sleet joined the Tampa law firm of Barr, Murman, & Tonelli as an associate attorney practicing in the area of personal injury defense.  He tried more than 30 jury trials. In 1998, he was unanimously admitted to partnership. He was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator and earned an A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
    • In 1984, Judge Sleet earned a B.A. degree in History from Furman University, which he attended on a full football scholarship. He received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1987.
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      [Revised: 06-17-2014]