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April 10, 2018
Hans Ottinot, Chair; [email protected],
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
(305) 792-1765

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 Sarah Zabel.

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 original application by April 24, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. The original application should be delivered to:

Hans Ottinot, Esq.
City Attorney’s Office for
the City of Sunny Isles Beach
18070 Collins Avenue

4th Floor
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, Esq., 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.

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.


Hans Ottinot (Chair)
City Attorney’s Office for
the City of Sunny Isles Beach
18070 Collins Avenue, 4th Floor
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Tel.: 305-792-1765/ Fax: 305-792-1562
[email protected]

Hayden P. O’Byrne (Vice Chair)
K&L Gates
Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
200 South Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
Tel.: 305-539-3381
[email protected]

Luis E. Suárez
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2800
Miami, FL 33131-2144
Tel.: 305-539-8400
Fax: 305-539-1307
[email protected]

Walter James Harvey
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
Brickell World Plaza
600 Brickell Avenue, 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-Baldwin
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]


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