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June 19, 2017
Luis E. Suárez, Chair; [email protected],
11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
(305) 539-8400

MIAMI - The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the two vacancies in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court created by:

● the elevation of Circuit Court Judge Norma S. Lindsey to the Third District Court of Appeal, and

● the resignation of Circuit Court Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely.

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 deliver a complete application and 10 copies by 5 p.m. July 17, 2017. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. You may redact your Social Security number from the 10 copies, leaving the complete number in the original. The application and copies should be delivered to:

Luis E. Suarez
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
100 S.E. 2nd St., Suite 2800
Miami, Florida 33131-2144

In addition to the hard copies, please email a PDF version of the application to Luis E. Suarez, chair ([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.

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 email addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the commission.

Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission members:
    Luis E. Suárez (Chair)
    Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
    100 S.E. 2nd St., Suite 2800
    Miami, FL 33131-2144
    Tel.: (305) 539-8400
    Fax: (305) 539-1307
    [email protected]

    Hans Ottinot (Vice Chair)
    City Attorney's Office for the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Ave.
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
    Tel.: (305) 792-1765
    Fax: (305) 792-1562
    [email protected]

    Daniel S. Fridman
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4900
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: (305) 995-5264
    [email protected]

    Robert H. Fernandez
    Zumpano Castro
    500 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 302
    Coral Gables, FL 33146
    Tel.: (305) 503-2990 Ext. 8003
    Fax: (305) 774-5908
    [email protected]

    Walter James Harvey
    School Board Attorney's Office
    1450 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 400
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel.: (305) 995-1304
    Fax: (305) 995-1412
    [email protected]

    Christine Hernandez-Baldwin
    Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit
    1350 N.W. 12th Ave.
    Miami, FL 33136
    Tel.: (305) 547-0100
    Fax: (305) 547-0313
    [email protected]

    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day
    600 Brickell Ave.
    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: (305) 714-9700
    Fax: (305) 714-9799
    [email protected]

    Hayden P. O'Byrne
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: (305) 539-3381
    [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]

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    [Revised: 06-19-2017]