Nominating petitions for the 2018 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All board positions are two-year terms.
Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., on October 2 certified to John A. Tomasino, clerk of the Supreme Court, the number of members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the state of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in Rule 2-3.3, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.
Pursuant to Rule 2-3.4(b), incumbent board members must advise the executive director of their intention to seek re-election to a new term. The board members who do not plan to run again are indicated by an asterisk next to their names.
Nominating petitions for the Board of Governors must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official Bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee (see form below).
Election ballots will be mailed on or before March 1, and voted ballots must be received prior to midnight EST, March 21.
Board of Governors Nominating Petition
Board of Governors Nominating Petition (Out-ofState)
Present Board of Governors members whose terms are expiring on June 15, include:
*Stephen H. Echsner, First Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2007
Melissa VanSickle, Second Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2016
Bruce W. Robinson, Third Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2014
*Fred D. Franklin, Jr., Fourth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2014
Joshua T. Chilson, Sixth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2016
Sam Nicholas Masters, Seventh Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2015
*Mary Ann Morgan, Ninth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2009
Wayne L. Helsby, Ninth Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2014
C. Richard Nail, 10th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2010
Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., 11th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2014
*Leslie J. Lott, 11th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2010
*Dennis G. Kainen, 11th Circuit, Seat 5, elected in 2006
John H. (Jack) Hickey, 11th Circuit, Seat 7, elected in 2008
Thomas Roe Bopp, 13th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2015
*Michael S. Hooker, 13th Circuit, Seat 4, elected in 2010
John W. (Jay) Manuel, 14th Circuit, Seat 1, elected 2010
Adam T. Rabin, 15th Circuit, Seat 1, Seat 2016
Robin I. Bresky, 15th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2017
Jay Kim , 17th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2016
*Jay Cohen, 17th Circuit, Seat 4, elected in 2008
*O. John Alpizar, 18th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2012
Laird A. Lile, 20th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2006
Ian M. Comisky, Out-of-State, Seat 2, elected in 1998
Brian D. Burgoon, Out-of-State, Seat 4, elected in 2000
*Does not intend to seek re-election
Nominating petitions must be completed and returned by December 15 to:
John F. Harkness, Jr.
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-2300