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September 8, 2022
CONTACT: Jeff Aaron, Esq., Chair; [email protected]
Sixth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 407-244-5644

ORLANDO – Gov. Ron DeSantis requested that on or before Friday, October 21, 2022, the Sixth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission provide him with names of highly qualified nominees for the three District Court vacancies created by the establishment of the Sixth District Court of Appeal, which is effective January 1, 2023.

The Commission requires interested candidates to email a completed application for consideration to the chair Jeff Aaron on or before September 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Incomplete applications, obsolete forms of application, and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants in need of guidance should direct inquires to the Chair. Applicants must qualify to hold office for District Court under Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Those qualifications include having been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding ten years, being a registered voter in the State of Florida, and residing in Orange, Osceola, Hardee, Highlands, Polk, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County at the time of appointment. After the application deadline, the Commission will issue a separate press release regarding the dates and times for interviews.

Applications may be downloaded from the Judicial and Judicial Nominating Commission Information webpage and must be submitted with a recent photograph, preferably as a cover page. Applicants must also include current contact information, including email addresses and direct phone numbers, 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 any 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 to all Commissioners at any time before the interviews begin. The contact information for the commissioners is:

Jeff Aaron, Chair
Gray Robinson, P.A.
301 E. Pine St., Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
[email protected]
Office: 407-244-5644
Russell Kirshy, Vice Chair
Russell T. Kirshy, Esquire, P.A.
3841 Tamiami Trl
Port Charlotte, FL 33952-8322
[email protected]
Office: 941-255-5525
Davis Cooper
Cooper Law Partners, PLLC
1717 Pennsylvania Ave
NW Ste 1025
Washington, DC 20006-3951
[email protected]
Office: 202-866-0171
Jayne Skrzysowski Pittman
Conroy Simberg
2 S Orange Ave Ste 300
Orlando, FL 32801-2637
[email protected]
Office: 407-649-9797
Ronald Edwards, Jr
Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed PA
PO Box 2809
Orlando, FL 32802-2809
[email protected]
Office: 407-843-4600
Michael A. Sasso
Sasso & Sasso, P.A.
1031 W. Morse Blvd., Ste. 120
Winter Park, FL 32789-3774
[email protected]
Office: 407-644-7161
Patricia Franklin
Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin
1570 Lakeview Dr Ste 1
Sebring, FL 33870-7959
[email protected]
Office: 863-304-8016
Richard Straughn
Straughn & Turner, P.A.
255 Magnolia Ave SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880-2902
[email protected]
Office: 863-293-1184
Josh Grosshans
The Grosshans Group, PLLC
884 S Dillard Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
[email protected]
Office: 407-900-3261


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