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June 18, 2019
CONTACT: Hayden P. O’Byrne, Chair; [email protected]
11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 305-539-3381

The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission hereby seeks applicants to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Rodney Smith. The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies (3) of their application by

5 p.m. on Friday, June 281 , as follows:

(1): The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered to:

Hayden P. O’Byrne

K&L Gates, LLP

200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor

Miami, FL 33131-2399

(2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf  format to:  [email protected] ; [email protected] and [email protected].

(3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to [email protected]. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “19.5.10 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

Applications may be downloaded from the Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor.  Applicants should include a recent photograph.


1 All persons who applied to the Ruiz, Gordo and Sampedro-Iglesia vacancies will be considered for the Smith vacancy without having to re-apply. Persons interviewing on July 2, will not be re-interviewed separately for the Smith vacancy.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.  Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will confer at 5 p.m. on July 2, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (K&L Gates, LLP, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor, Miami, FL 33131) who wish to attend.


Hayden P. O’Byrne (Chair)

K&L Gates

Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900 200 South Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL 33131

Tel.: 305-539-3381

[email protected]

Walter James Harvey (Vice Chair)

School Board Attorney’s Office

1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

Miami, FL 33132

Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax:  305-995-1412

[email protected]

Paul Huck, Jr.

Jones Day

600 Brickell Avenue

Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300

Miami, FL 33131

Tel.: 305-714-9700/Fax: 305-714-9799

[email protected]

Daniel S. Fridman

White & Case LLP

Southeast Financial Center

200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900

Miami, FL 33131

Tel.: 305-995-5264

[email protected]

Robert H. Fernandez

Gunster Law Firm

Brickell World Plaza

600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500

Miami, FL 33131

Tel.: 305-376-6000/Fax:  786-425-4119

[email protected]

Robert R. Pardo

Robert R. Pardo, P.A.

7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512

Miami, FL 33156

Tel.: 305-596-7794/Fax:  305-596-5854

[email protected]

Christine Hernandez

United States Attorney’s Office

99 N.E. 4th Street

Miami, Fl. 33132

Tel.: 305-961-9001

[email protected]

Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP

2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

Miami, FL 33134

Tel: 305-445-2500

[email protected]

Scott M. Dimond, Esq.

Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.

Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B

Miami, FL 33133


[email protected]


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