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September 12, 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 Circuit Court created by the resignation of Circuit Court Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan.

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 5:00 pm on Friday September 28, 2018, 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].

(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 “18.9.28 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 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
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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