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Judge John Badalamenti

Judge John L. Badalamenti began serving in the Second DCA in May 2015. In 2006, he joined the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, where he earned an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of appellate practice and criminal law. From 2003 to 2006, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Paul H. Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in St. Petersburg. He also has been legal counsel to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Atlanta and law clerk to the Hon. Frank Mays Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, and he was in private practice with Carlton Fields, P.A., in St. Petersburg. He received a B.A. in criminology and law and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Florida, and received his J.D. the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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    Judge Marva L. Crenshaw

    Judge Marva L. Crenshaw began serving in the Second DCA in 2009. Her career began as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in Miami-Dade County, then in the Tampa Bay area. She was deputy director of Bay Area Legal Services at the time of her appointment to the Hillsborough County Court in 1989. In 2000, she was appointed to the circuit court, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. During her tenure as a trial judge, she served in the civil, family, criminal and juvenile divisions. She has been extensively involved in bench and bar activities, including the Education Committee, Florida Conference District Court of Appeals Judges; Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness in Courts; Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee; Board of Directors, The Florida Bar Foundation; and Board of Directors, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. She received a B.S. degree from Tuskegee Institute and her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. 

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    Judge Patricia J. Kelly

    Judge Patricia J. Kelly began serving in the Second DCA in 2001. She practiced law with firms in West Palm Beach and Tampa before leaving private practice to serve as a staff attorney to the Hon. James E. Lehan at the Second District Court of Appeal. After returning to private practice, Judge Kelly limited her practice to appellate matters. In 1998, she obtained Board Certification in appellate law from The Florida Bar. Judge Kelly has served on various committees including the Appellate Court Rules, the Pro Se Appellate Handbook, CLE, and Publications Committees of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, and the steering committee for the 2007 Florida Appellate Justice Conference. She also served as a member of the Innocence Commission. She received her B.A. degree in political science from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.


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    Judge Nelly N. Khouzam

    Judge Nelly N. Khouzam began serving in the Second DCA in 2008. She began her career as staff attorney to the Hon. Jack R. Schoonover of the Second District Court of Appeal. She entered private practice and became a shareholder at Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal and Banker, P.A., and later at Silberman and Khouzam, P.A. While in private practice, she received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She served for 14 years as a circuit court judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which includes Pinellas and Pasco counties. Judge Khouzam has received numerous honors, including: A.B.O.T.A. “Florida Jurist of the Year Award” (2002); William Castagna Award for Judicial Excellence (2006); and John U. Bird Distinguished Jurist Award, presented by the Clearwater Bar Association (2008). Judge Khouzam received her B.A. in history from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

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    Judge Matt Lucas

    Judge Matthew C. "Matt" Lucas began serving in the Second DCA in January 2015. In 2010, he was appointed to the Hillsborough County Court. He was retained by election in 2012, then appointed to the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in January 2013. Judge Lucas was previously in private practice with Carlton Fields, P.A., and then Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A., in Tampa, eventually becoming a shareholder of that firm. His practice focused on commercial and real estate litigation and appellate work throughout Central Florida. He was Board Certified in Business Litigation Law, was a certified circuit civil mediator and served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. Judge Lucas has served as the president of the Tampa Family Law Inn of Court. He received his B.S. degree in economics from Florida State University and earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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    Judge Robert Morris

    Judge Robert Morris began serving in the Second DCA in 2009. He has been appointed by three governors to as many courts. He served on the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/Pasco) and on the Pinellas County Court before that. Judge Morris currently serves on the Supreme Court Judicial Management Council and the Judicial Qualifications Commission and is editor-in-chief for Judicature, a law review published by Duke Law School. Before becoming a judge, he practiced law for 17 years as a prosecutor, as a partner and statewide management committee member in a national law firm, and as the principal of his own law firm. His practice focused on commercial litigation as well as business and real estate law. He was AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Judge Morris earned a B.S. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from DePaul University.

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    Judge Stevan Travis Northcutt

    Judge Stevan Travis Northcutt began serving in the Second DCA in 1997. He was retained by voters in 1998, 2004 and 2010. In the 1970s, he served on the staff of the Florida House Judiciary Committee. From 1978 to 1986, he practiced law, first as an associate and then as a partner with the law firm of Levine, Freedman, Hirsch & Levinson, P.A., in Tampa. From 1986 to 1997, he was a shareholder in Levine, Hirsch, Segall & Northcutt, P.A., in Tampa. In the early and mid-1970s, Judge Northcutt worked as a journalist. Judge Northcutt is a long-standing member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, and he was a charter member of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. He received his B.A. in mass communications from the University of South and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.

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    Judge Samuel Salario, Jr.

    Judge Samuel J. “Sam” Salario, Jr. began serving in the Second DCA in February 2015. He served as a law clerk for the Hon. Wm. Terrell Hodges of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He began private practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight, LLP, and subsequently joined Wilmer Cutler & Pickering – now WilmerHale. He returned to Tampa, where he joined the Carlton Fields firm. In 2004, he was promoted to shareholder and later became the leader of the firm’s Securities and Derivative Litigation Practice Group. He received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from American University in Washington, D.C. He earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was a member of the Florida Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He is a first-generation Floridian and American on his father’s side.

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    Chief Judge Craig C. Villanti

    Chief Judge Craig C. Villanti began serving in the Second DCA in 2003. He has been chief judge since March 2015. He began his career in private practice in New Port Richey. In 1990, he was appointed as a traffic court magistrate for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In 1992, he was elected circuit court judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He was re-elected without opposition in 1998. After an initial one-year assignment in Pinellas County, he served in Pasco County until his appointment to the Second DCA. He founded Helping the Elderly with Legal Problems (H.E.L.P.) to provide weekly pro bono services to the needy elderly population in Pasco County. Judge Villanti also has served on Florida Bar committees for Civil and Criminal Procedure and chaired a Bar Grievance Committee. Judge Villanti received his B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and received his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law.

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    Judge Douglas Alan Wallace

    Judge Douglas Alan Wallace began serving in the Second DCA in 2003. Before that, he was in private practice for more than 30 years. His areas of practice included appellate practice, bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, guardianship, and mediation. He began his legal career working part-time as a public defender in the Tenth and Twelfth Judicial Circuits. In 2015, he shared the Award for Excellence in Florida Judicial Writing, “Appellate Concurring or Dissenting Opinion” category. His past activities in the legal profession include secretary of the Manatee County Bar Association (1976-77 and 1998-99), member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B” and member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “A.” He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972 and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1969.

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    [Revised: 05-23-2016]