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Judge Barbara Lagoa

Appointed in 2006 to the Third District Court of Appeal, Judge Lagoa is the first Cuban American woman to serve on the court.



  • Before her appointment, Judge Lagoa practiced in both the civil and criminal arenas. Her civil practice focused on general and complex commercial litigation, particularly employment discrimination, business torts, securities litigation, construction litigation and insurance coverage disputes. In 2003, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida as an assistant U.S. attorney, where she worked in the Civil, Major Crimes and Appellate sections. She tried numerous criminal jury trials, including drug conspiracies and Hobbs Act violations. She also handled a significant number of appeals.
  • While a practicing lawyer, she was admitted to practice by The Florida Bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Judge Lagoa received her B.A. cum laude in 1989 from Florida International University, where she majored in English. She received her J.D. from Columbia University in 1992. Judge Lagoa is fluent in English and Spanish.
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    Judge Thomas W. Logue

    Judge Logue was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2012. Before being appointed to the bench, he served as an assistant county attorney for Miami-Dade County from 1982 to 2012.  In that capacity, he litigated hundreds of state and federal cases in the areas of constitutional law, torts, contracts, taxes, civil rights, zoning, real estate valuation, copyrights and bonds.

     




    • For 30 years, Judge Logue regularly argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third District Court of Appeal.
    • In addition to litigation in the courts, his legal practice included advocating before many administrative bodies, including the Florida Cabinet. He served as legal adviser to the County Commission and to various zoning and quasi-judicial boards. He drafted state and local legislation and negotiated major contracts.
    • Judge Logue taught Florida constitutional law as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law. 
    • Judge Logue received a B.A. in English Literature, cum laude, from Dickinson College and a J.D. from Duke University. 
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      Judge Vince E. Salter

      Judge Salter was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal in June 2007.


      • He began his legal career as an associate with the Miami firm of Steel Hector & Davis, becoming a partner in 1981. From 1987 to 2000, Judge Salter was a commercial litigation partner with Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett. In 2000, he joined the Miami office of international law firm Hunton & Williams.
      • While in private practice, Judge Salter appeared before the Third District Court of Appeal as a practitioner in numerous appellate matters, and before other state and federal courts of appeals as well. He also authored articles and lectured on such topics as the Uniform Commercial Code, banking, construction and legal ethics. 
      • While a practicing attorney, Judge Salter also worked on a variety of cases for the benefit of those otherwise unable to obtain an attorney, including mental health guardianships, post-conviction work for an inmate on Alabama’s Death Row, an interstate child custody dispute and domestic violence cases. For that work, he received the top pro bono publico awards from the Florida Supreme Court (the Chief Justice’s Tobias Simon award) and the American Bar Association. 
      • Judge Salter graduated fro Brown University. He attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1976. 
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        [Revised: 07-17-2014]