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August 1, 2018
CONTACT: Hayden P. O'Byrne, Esq., Chair
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (305) 539-3381

MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the resignation of County Court Judge Wendell M. Graham.

The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.

Applicants must deliver a complete original application by August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.[1]  No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered.   The original application should be delivered to:

Hayden P. O’Byrne
K&L Gates, LLP
200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor
Miami, FL 33131-2399

In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to [email protected] with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. 

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 at and the Office of the Governor at  Applicants should include a recent photograph.

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.



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
Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit
1350 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL  33136
Tel.:  305-547-0100/Fax:  305-547-0313
[email protected]

Jorge Mestre, Esq.
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]


[1] All applicants for the pending County Court vacancies resulting from the elevation of County Court Judges Dawn V. Denaro, Andrea Ricker Wolfson, and Renatha Francis will be considered for this vacancy without the need to re-apply.


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