DeSantis appoints two to the bench
Gov. Ron DeSantis made appointments to the 10th Circuit and Hillsborough County courts May 28.
Judge Lori Winstead of Lakeland will serve on the 10th Circuit Court. Winstead has been a judge on the Polk County Court since 2019. Prior to her service on the bench, she was an assistant state attorney in the 10th Circuit for over 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and her law degree from Barry University School of Law. Judge Winstead fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Steven Selph.
Joseph Logan Murphy of Tampa will serve on the Hillsborough County Court. Murphy has been a shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson since 2019 and began practicing with the firm in 2012. In between his time as an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, he served as a law clerk for Judge James D. Whittemore of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Murphy fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Artemeus McNeil.