The Florida Bar


February 16, 2017
Raquel A. Rodriguez, Chair,
Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
(305) 704-3990

The Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the resignation of Judge Linda Ann Wells. The JNC seeks and encourages a broad, diverse and qualified pool of applicants.

All persons interested in applying must deliver a complete application to:

Raquel A. Rodriguez, Chair
Third District Court Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o McDonald Hopkins LLC
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2600
Miami, Florida 33131

The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by 12:00 Noon. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Instructions for submission:

● The current Judicial Application form must be used. It can be downloaded in Word version from Governor Rick Scott’s website ( or from The Florida Bar’s website ( Applicants should ensure they are using the correct and current form.

● The completed original, signed application must be filed by the deadline and must be typed and bound. A photograph is encouraged but not required.

● In addition to the original application, applicants must provide the following: (i) three (clipped but unbound) copies of the completed application, (ii) one redacted copy of the application (clipped but unbound) excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law and (iii) an electronic copy of the application via email to each of the nine commissioners listed below. All electronic submissions must be in PDF format. All printed copies should be two-sided. The electronic copy will not be accepted in place of a timely-submitted, signed original.


Potential applicants are advised that the Commission at present intends to hold interviews on March 30 and 31, and April 3 (if necessary). These dates are subject to change. Applicants receiving interviews will be separately notified of the exact date, time, and location of the interview. Separate public notice shall be provided when the interview schedule is set. In order to assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. In addition, applications should include current and accurate contact information for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references where requested as those individuals will be contacted. If there is requested information missing from an application, the Judicial Nominating Commission will consider the applicant’s lack of effort in submitting a complete application.

All bar associations within the Third District are respectfully requested to email their members a copy of this press release, if possible. Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

The Commission members are:

Raquel A. Rodriguez, Esq., Chair
McDonald Hopkins, LLC
Southeast Financial Center
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2600
Miami, Florida 33131-5324
Tel: (305) 704-3990
Fax: (305) 704-3999


Eliot Pedrosa, Esq., Vice Chair
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: (305) 579-0743
Fax: (305) 961-5743

Roy K. Altman, Esq.
Podhurst Orseck P.A.
SunTrust International Center
One S.E. 3rd Avenue, Suite 2700
Miami, Florida 33131
Tel: (305) 358-2800
Fax: (305) 358-2382

Jeffrey S. Bass. Esq.
Shubin & Bass, P.A.
46 SW 1st Street, 3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33130
Tel: (305) 381-6060
Fax: (305) 381-9457

Juan C. Enjamio, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP
1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: (305) 810-2511
Fax: (305) 810-2460

Richard D. Lara, Esq.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
7007 NW 77th Avenue
Miami, FL 33166
Tel: (305) 644-4824
Fax: (305) 883-3373

Harout J. Samra, Esq.
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2500
Miami, Florida 33131-5341
Tel: (305) 423-8534
Fax: (305) 468-6348

Justin J. Sayfie, Esq.
Ballard Partners
450 E Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: (954) 523-2427
Fax: (954) 523-9146

Mr. Robert A. Spottswood
Spottswood Companies, Inc.
506 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
Tel: (305) 294-6100
Fax: (305) 294-6122

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[Revised: 02-27-2017]