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The Vote’s in YOUR COURT - Third DCA Biographies

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Judge Edwin A. Scales

Judge Edwin A. Scales, III began serving in the Third DCA in 2013. He was the first Monroe County attorney appointed to the court. Before his appointment, he was a solo practitioner in Key West. His practice concentrated in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial and real estate litigation, administrative law, and mediation. Before moving to Key West, Judge Scales was a shareholder in Lane, Trohn, Bertrand, & Vreeland, P.A. in Lakeland. From 2011 through 2013, Judge Scales served on the Florida Commission on Ethics and was its vice chairman. In 2005, he was elected to The Florida Bar's Board of Governors, and he was re-elected four times. Since 1999, Judge Scales has hosted the weekly "Ed Scales Show" heard on Keys radio station US-1. He received his B.S. in telecommunications from the University of Florida and received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

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Judge Linda Ann Wells
Judge Linda Ann Wells began serving in the Third DCA in 2003. In 2011, she became the court's first female chief judge. Following law school, she joined the Fine, Jacobson law firm, where she remained until 1994, when she joined Holland & Knight as an equity partner. In 1996, she joined Russo, Wells & Associates, then later became chief district legal counsel for District 11 in the Florida Department of Children & Families. Among her many outside activities, Judge Wells currently serves on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases and the Florida Supreme Court Select Committee on Justice Teaching. She also is a member of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board of Directors. Judge Wells earned her undergraduate degree in medical technology from the University of Florida and received her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.

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[Revised: 05-20-2016]