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May 29, 2024
CONTACT: Eric Jontz, Chair; [email protected]
Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 407-262-8400

This notice amends and supersedes the prior notice dated May 23, 2024.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has requested the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission provide him with names of highly qualified nominees for two (2) Orange County Court vacancies.

The Commission requires interested candidates to submit a completed application for consideration to the Chair, Eric Jontz at [email protected] on or before Fri., June 28, 2024 at noon (12 p.m.). Incomplete applications and untimely submissions will not be considered by the Commission. Applicants in need of guidance should direct inquires to the Chair. Applicants must qualify to hold office for County Court under Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Those qualifications include having been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years, being a registered voter in the State of Florida, and the applicant must reside in Orange County at the time of appointment.

Applications may be downloaded from the Office of the Governor at , and must include a recent photograph, preferably as a cover page. Applicants must also include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for themselves, as well as for all co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the requisite background investigation.

All applications must be submitted in one file in .pdf format. A second .pdf version of the application must also be provided with redactions to protect personal information not subject to public disclosure as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. The two .pdf files should be named in a “last name.first name” format. For example, James Madison should submit two files named: (1) Madison.James.pdf and (2) Madison.James-REDACTED.pdf. Applications not submitted in the correct format may be rejected and paper applications will not be accepted.

Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. Letters of recommendation should be e- mailed or mailed to all Commissioners at any time before the interviews begin. The contact information for the commissioners is:

Eric Jontz, Chair

Fishback Dominick LLP

1947 Lee Road

Winter Park, FL 32789

Office: 407-262-8400

[email protected]

Christian Waugh, Vice Chair

Waugh PLLC

201 E. Pine Street, Suite 315

Orlando, FL 32801

Office: 321-800-6008

[email protected]

Jeffrey Aaron

Gray Robinson, P.A.

301 E. Pine St., Ste. 1400

Orlando, FL 32801

Office: 407-843-8880

[email protected]

Matthew Klein

Signature Aviation

13485 Veterans Way, Suite 600

Orlando, FL 32827

Office: 407-206-5291

[email protected]

Michael Nardella

Nardella & Nardella, PLLC

135 W. Central Boulevard, Suite 300

Orlando, FL 32801-2435

Office: 407-966-2680

[email protected]

Michael A. Sasso

Sasso & Sasso, P.A.

1031 W Morse Blvd., Ste. 120

Winter Park, FL 32789

Office: 407-644-7161

[email protected]

Tim Schulte

Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe, P.A.

315 E. Robinson Street, Suite 600

Orlando, FL 32801

Office: 407-425-7010

[email protected]

Interviews will be held on or before July 17, 2024, on a date to be determined. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their interview time and the location once the schedule is finalized after the application deadline. A complete interview schedule will be available on Gov. Ron DeSantis’s website.


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