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June 8, 2020
CONTACT: Adam M. Foslid, Chair; [email protected]
Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (305) 614-1402

The Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission (the “Commission”) has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy on the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the resignation, effective Aug. 31, 2020, of Judge Vance E. Salter.

The Commission sought and received a broad, diverse, and qualified pool of applicants and has elected to interview all of the twenty-two individuals submitting applications (“Applicants”).


Based on the COVID-19 pandemic, and with concern for the safety of Applicants, the Commission, and the public at large, all Applicants will be interviewed using the web-based video conferencing tool, Zoom.

Applicants are encouraged to download, test, and familiarize themselves with Zoom before their scheduled interviews.

Applicant interviews will last approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes and will be recorded.

At the inception of each interview, the Commission Chair will invite Applicants to make a brief opening statement.

The Commission will interview Applicants on Monday, June 22, 2020, and Tuesday, June 23, 2020, pursuant to the following schedule:

Monday, June 22, 2020


8:00 a.m.                        JNC Members Check In – Executive Session
9:00 a.m.                        Isaac Mitrani
9:30 a.m.                        Laura M. Gonzalez
10:00 a.m.                      Hon. Ramiro Areces
10:30 a.m.                      Eduardo Sanchez
11:00 a.m.                       Kansas Gooden
11:30 a.m.                       Hon. Thomas J. Rebull
12:00 p.m.                      Lunch
12:30 p.m.                      Executive Session
1:30 p.m.                        Hon. Marina Garcia Wood
2:00 p.m.                       Hon. Antonio Arzola
2:30 p.m.                       Hon. Timothy Koenig
3:00 p.m.                       Hon. William Thomas
3:30 p.m.                       Hon. Migna Sanchez-Llorens
4:00 p.m.                       Hon. Daryl Trawick
4:30 p.m.                       Hon. Lisa S. Walsh

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


8:00 a.m.                       JNC Members Check In – Executive Session
9:00 a.m.                       Jeffrey Robert Geldens
9:30 a.m.                       Christopher Johnson
10:00 a.m.                     Hon. Alexander Spicola Bokor
10:30 a.m.                     Ann M. St. Peter-Griffith
11:00 a.m.                     Melissa Damian Visconti
11:30 a.m.                     Jorge J. Perez
12:00 p.m.                    Lunch
12:30 p.m.                    Executive Session
1:00 p.m.                      Hon. Maria Santovenia
2:00 p.m.                     Alina Alonso Rodriguez
2:30 p.m.                     Hon. Mark Blumstein
3:00 p.m.                    Executive Session

Please note: if any interview is interrupted or negatively impacted by an unforeseen technical issue with, for example, Zoom or an internet connection, the Commission may elect to reschedule the subject interview(s) at this date and time.

Applicants will receive a separate e-mail with the Zoom connection information prior to their scheduled interviews.

Applicants may contact Mr. Robert Casalini, Director of Information Technology, Phipps Reporting, by telephone at 561-922-7036 or via e-mail at [email protected], with questions concerning their Zoom connection.

Members of the bench, Bar, and public at large that wish to view and/or listen in to these interviews may do so via Zoom or by telephone.

To join by Zoom, please use the following link:

These web-based connections will be muted and not visible to the applicants and the Commission.

To join by telephone, please use access code 964 3366 7764 with any of the following dial-in numbers: 1-646-876-9923; 1-301-715-8592; 1-312-626-6799; 1-669-900-6833; 1-253-215-8782; 1-346-248-7799. These telephonic connections will be muted to the applicants and the Commission.


The Commission will hold an organizational meeting by telephone on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. (EDT). Once a quorum has been reached, the Commission will enter executive session via Zoom. Members of the public wishing to attend the public portion of the organizational meeting may use the following conference line:

U.S. Dial-in: 1-800-356-0123
International Dial-in: 001-951-797-1056
Access: 981622#

Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public at large are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning the Applicants. The Commission members are:

Adam M. Foslid, Chair
Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya, PLLC
Two South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-614-1402
Email: [email protected]

Eric A. Hernandez, Vice Chair
Hernandez Lee Martinez, LLC
9190 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 204
Miami Shores, Florida 33138
Telephone: 305-842-2101
Email: [email protected]

Paul Huck, Jr.
Jones Day LLP
600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-714-9727
Email: [email protected]

Lindsey Lazapoulos Friedman
United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida
Email: [email protected]

Michael A. Pineiro
Marcus Neiman Rashbaum & Pineiro LLP
2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1750
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-400-4268
Email: [email protected]

Barry L. Rothberg
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-579-0818
Email: [email protected]

Lilly Ann Sanchez
LS Law Firm
1441 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1200
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-503-5503
Email: [email protected]

Daniel W. Schwartz
Akerman LLP
98 Southeast 7th Street, Suite 1100
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305-374-5600
Email: [email protected]

Robert A. Spottswood
Spottswood Companies, Inc.
506 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
Telephone: 305-294-6100
Email: [email protected]

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