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Florida courtsGov. Ron DeSantis made four judicial appointments April 17 — one to the Seventh Judicial Circuit, two to the 20th Circuit, and one to the Putnam County court.

 Rose Marie Karadsheh Preddy of St. Johns to serve as judge on the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court

 Preddy has been the owner of Preddy Law Firm, P.A., since 2000. Previously, she was an associate with Anderson and Stevens. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Temple University. Preddy fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Margaret Hudson.

Anne Marie Gennusa of Palatka to serve as judge on the Putnam County Court

Gennusa has been the owner of Gennusa Law since 1999. Previously, she served as an assistant state attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mercy College and her law degree from Temple University. Gennusa fills the judicial vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Joseph Boatwright.

Erik Leontiev of Cape Coral to serve as judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit Court

Leontiev has served as a judge on the Lee County Court since his appointment by DeSantis in 2021. Previously, he served as an assistant state attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from the University of Miami. Leontiev fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Hugh Hayes.

 Russell Kirshy of Punta Gorda to serve as judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit Court

Kirshy has been the owner of Russell T. Kirshy, Esquire, P.A. since 2001. Previously, he served as an assistant state attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from Suffolk University. Kirshy fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Scott Cupp.

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