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Gov. DeSantis makes 20 judicial appointments

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Gov. DeSantis makes 20 judicial appointments

Gov. Ron DeSantis September 16 made 20 judicial appointments to five circuits and 10 county courts. Nine of the judicial appointments fill new vacancies that were created by the Florida Legislature.

London Kite to serve as judge on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court

Judge Kite has served on the Duval County Court since her appointment in 2020. Previously, she served for 17 years as an assistant state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and her law degree from the University of Florida. Kite fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Karen Cole.

 Eric Netcher to serve as judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

 Eric Netcher has served as a shareholder at Walker, Revels, Greninger, & Netcher since 2020. Previously, he served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber from 2013 until 2014. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Netcher fills one of the new judicial vacancies on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court created by the Florida Legislature.

 Michael Snure to serve as judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

 Michael Snure has served as the owner of Michael J. Snure, P.A., since 2015. Previously, he served as an associate and partner at Kirkconnel, Lindsey, Snure, & Ponall for 30 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lambuth College and his law degree from the University of Arkansas. Snure fills one of the new judicial vacancies on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court created by the Florida Legislature.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan to serve as judge on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Ariana Fajardo-Orshan most recently served as the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2018 until 2021. Previously, she served on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court from 2012 until 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Orshan fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Rosa C. Figarola.

Diana Vizcaino to serve as judge on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Judge Vizcaino has served on the Miami-Dade County Court since her appointment in 2015. Previously, she served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Miami from 2008 until 2015. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from St. Thomas University. Vizcaino fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Martin Zilber.

Bradley Harper to serve as judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit Court

Judge Harper has served on the Palm Beach County Court since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of Florida. Harper fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Krista Marx.

 William Orth to serve as judge on the 18th Judicial Circuit Court

 William Orth has served as a litigator primarily in family and criminal law for the last 20 years. Previously, he served as an assistant state attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit from 1998 until 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his law degree from Case Western Reserve. Orth fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Marlene Alva.

 Charles Helm to serve as judge on the Citrus County Court

 Charles Helm has served as an assistant United States attorney in Ocala since March 2021. Previously, he served as an assistant state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 2015 until 2021. Prior to going to law school, Helm was a police officer. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Liberty University. Helm fills the new judicial vacancy on the Citrus County Court created by the Florida Legislature

Leslie Schultz-Kin to serve as judge on the Hillsborough County Court

 Leslie Schultz-Kin has served as chief assistant attorney general and bureau chief in the Tampa Civil Litigation Bureau of the Florida Office of the Attorney General since 2020. Previously, she served as of counsel to Akerman for seven years and as an associate and shareholder at Carlton Fields for seven years. She is also a guardian ad litem. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, her master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her law degree from Stetson University. Schultz-Kin fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joelle Ann Ober.

 Jeffrey Rich to serve as judge on the Hillsborough County Court

 Jeffrey Rich has served as a sole practitioner since 2008. Previously, he served as an assistant public defender in the 12th Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Florida Coastal. Rich fills one of the new vacancies on the Hillsborough County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

Joseph Tompkins to serve as judge on the Hillsborough County Court

 Joseph Tompkins has served as an assistant United States attorney for the Middle District of Florida since 2018. Previously, he served as a senior law clerk on the Second District Court of Appeal. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Ave Maria University. Tompkins fills one of the new vacancies on the Hillsborough County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

 Michael Hooi to serve as judge on the Hillsborough County Court

 Michael Hooi has served as an associate at Stichter, Riedel, Blain, & Postler since 2009. Previously, he served as a law clerk and staff attorney to Judge Charles R. Wilson from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Florida. Hooi fills one of the new vacancies on the Hillsborough County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

Erik Leontiev to serve as judge on the Lee County Court

 Erik Leontiev has served as an assistant state attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit since 2007. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from the University of Miami. Leontiev fills the new vacancy on the Lee County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

Laura Gonzalez to serve as judge on the Miami-Dade County Court

Laura Gonzalez has served as of counsel to Kobre & Kim since 2020. Previously, she served as an associate at Kobre & Kim from 2016 until 2020 and an associate at Holland & Knight from 2011 until 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Columbia University. Gonzalez fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Miguel Mirabal.

 James “Jimmy” Morgan to serve as judge on the Monroe County Court

 James Morgan has served as the chief of staff for Spottswood Hotels in Key West since 2020. He was also an assistant public defender in the 16th Judicial Circuit since 2018. Previously, he served on active duty as a prosecutor in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010 until 2018 and is presently in the Marine Corps Reserve. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Miami. Morgan fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ruth Becker.

 Brian Sandor to serve as judge on the Orange County Court

Brian Sandor has served as a trial attorney for The Morgan Firm since 2020. Previously, he served as an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 2011 until 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his law degree from Michigan State University. Sandor fills the new vacancy on the Orange County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

 April Bristow to serve as judge on the Palm Beach County Court

 April Bristow has served as general counsel to the 15th Judicial Circuit since 2019. Previously, she served as a career attorney for Judge Dorian Damoorgian in the Fourth District Court of Appeal. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Stetson University. Bristow fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo.

Dustin Anderson to serve as judge on the Pasco County Court

Dustin Anderson has served as an assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2018. Previously, he served as the supervising attorney for the Pasco County Offices of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel from 2007 until 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his law degree from the University of Florida. Anderson fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William G. Sestak.

Brandon Rafool to serve as judge on the Polk County Court

Brandon Rafool has served as the managing partner of The Rafool Firm since 2002. He has been a litigator since 1992. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University. Rafool fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Lori Winstead.

 Lauren Blocker to serve as judge on the St. Johns County Court

Lauren Blocker has served as corporate counsel to Fidelity Information Services since 2018. Previously, she served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Mirando, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, and U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Florida Coastal. Blocker fills the new judicial vacancy on St. Johns County Court created by the Florida Legislature.

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