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Court appoints three to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

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Neal HochbergThe Florida Supreme Court has appointed a prominent attorney and a veteran forensic accountant, both from South Florida, to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Another prominent South Florida attorney was reappointed to the same board.

Neal A. Hochberg of Hollywood, a senior advisor to the leadership of the FTI Consulting Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment, was appointed to succeed out going board member Robert D. Shaw, Jr., of Orlando.

A University of Florida accounting graduate, Hochberg previously served for nine years as global segment leader for the international business advisory firm and served on its executive committee. Hochberg has more than 42 years of professional experience, with more than three decades in forensic investigations and related work, according to his biography on the firm’s website. Hochberg’s term on the FBBE extends through October 31, 2022.

Stanley WakshlagStanley Wakshlag, a shareholder at Kenny Nachwalter in Miami, will succeed retiring board member Peter L. Wechsler of Pinecrest.

A Brooklyn native, Wakshlag earned a B.A. at Brandeis University before going on to earn a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1978, the same year he was admitted to The Florida Bar. Wakshlag’s practice concentrates on class action and securities litigation, among others, according to his biography on the firm’s website. Wakshlag’s term extends through October 31, 2024.

Paul J. SchwiepPaul J. Schwiep of Coffey Burlington in Miami was reappointed to succeed outgoing board member Scott L. Baena.

Schwiep, who graduated first in his class at the University of Oregon School of Law, was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1989 and became a partner 10 years ago in the firm that was co-founded by former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey. Schweip’s practice focuses on federal and state business and class action disputes, according to his biography on the firm’s website. Schweip previously served on the FBBE from 2000-2005, and served as board chair during his final year. His latest term on the FBBE extends through October 31, 2024.

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court and enforces the Rules of the Supreme Court Related to Admissions to The Florida Bar. A separate entity from The Florida Bar, the FBBE consists of 12 Florida Bar members and three members of the public who are not attorneys. The FBBE’s primary responsibilities include supervision of character background investigations as well as the administration and grading of the Florida bar examination.

For more information about the board and the Florida Bar admissions process, go to www.floridabarexam.org.