1 Speakers and Moderators Gay Aaron Gay Aaron is Judicial Assistant to Judge Sally Kest. She has worked for Judge Kest since she was elected and took office in January Judge Kest has served in the Juvenile, Domestic Violence and Domestic divisions. Prior to that, she worked for Judge William Gridley for many years. Gay has also worked in the Criminal, Civil and Probate divisions of the Court. Prior to working as a Judicial Assistant, Gay worked at Orange County Legal Aid for Joseph W. DuRocher. Jeff Ainsworth, Esq. The Honorable Nancy F. Alley Elected in 1996, Judge Alley has served in every division of the Circuit Court including: Probate, Juvenile, Criminal, Civil, and Family. She is currently assigned to the Juvenile/Probate Divisions and is the Administrative Judge for Probate. Judge Alley was an Adjunct Professor at Barry University, teaching Will and Trust Drafting. She has received several awards from both the legal and private communities. She is the wife of a retired Navy Captain, whom she met at Ole Miss as an undergrad. She attended law school at Villanova near Philadelphia, PA. She is the mother of two; her son is a Navy Lieutenant Commander, helicopter pilot and can be anywhere, and her daughter, an assistant manager for the Laura Walker State Park in Waycross, GA. Florida. Finally she is the Grandmother of a perfect one year old. The Honorable John Antoon, II John Antoon II serves as United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. His legal experience includes: Appellate Judge - Fifth District Court of Appeal, ( ); Chief Judge, ( ; Circuit Judge - Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, ( ); Chief Judge, ( , 1995); Partner - Stromire, Westman, Lintz, Baugh, McKinley and Antoon, P.A., ( ); Partner - Antoon and Clifton, P.A., ( ); Partner - Shreve, Antoon, and Clifton, P.A., ( ); Associate - Gleason, Walker, Pearson, and Shreve, P.A., ( ); Prosecutor for the City of Cocoa, ( ); Part-time Assistant Public Defender, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, ( ). He received his LLM at the University of Virginia in 2001, JD at Florida State University in 1971, MS at Florida Institute of Technology in 1973 and B.A. at Florida Southern College in His judicial activities include: 2011 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2009 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference Program Subcommittee Chair, Middle District of Florida Case Management and Judicial Relations Committee, 2002,Middle District of Florida Security Committee Chair, , Middle District of Florida Board of Judges Executive Committee Member, 2005, 2009-present, and Middle District of Florida Historical Committee Member, 2004-present He has also been a member of the Middle District of Florida Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, 2005, 2009, & 2011, Middle District of Florida Criminal Law Committee, Middle District of Florida Local Rules Committee. He has served as President of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, , Chair-elect of the Florida
2 Conference of Circuit Judges, , and Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, Judge Antoon s professional activities has extended him to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance, the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, the Brevard County Legal Aid Society, the Governor s Task Force on Domestic Violence, Judicial Management Council, The Haven (shelter for dependent children), Big Brothers, Merritt Island Jaycees, Palm Bay Rotary Club, Florida State University Alumni Association, Florida Institute of Technology Alumni Association, Florida Institute of Technology School of Business Ethics Competition, Florida Southern College Alumni Association and the University of Virginia Alumni Association. The Honorable Alan S. Apte Alan S. Apte is a judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was elected to this position on November 5, 2002, effective the following January. Judge Apte received his B.A. degree (in Chemistry) from the University of Miami in 1989 and his J.D. degree from Nova University Law School in Judge Apte worked as an Assistant State Attorney for eight years prior to joining the Circuit Court in January of  As a circuit judge, he has served in the following divisions: Orange County Juvenile (2003); Osceola County Juvenile (2004), Unified Family Court ( ); Orange County Juvenile ( ) and Orange County Criminal (2010-present). The Honorable C. Jeffrey Arnold Shahzad Ahmed, Esq. The Honorable David Baker The Honorable David A. Baker is a U.S. Magistrate Judge, Orlando Division who was appointed in He graduated from law school at the University of Virginia in 1976 and was admitted to the bar that same year. He was a law clerk for Judge J. Calvitt, Jr., U.S. District Court, East District of Virginia, He then went to Foley and Lardner as an Associate, then Partner in Milwaukee, WI, until transferring to Foley & Lardner in Orlando in Matt Benefiel Matt is currently the Court Administrator for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which covers both Orange and Osceola Counties and has served in that capacity since Prior to serving for the Orlando-based Circuit, Matt served eight years as the Court Administrator for the Virginia Beach, Virginia Circuit Court. He has earned a Bachelor s Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Master s Degree in Judicial Administration from the University of Southern California. The Honorable Wendy Berger Judge Wendy W. Berger joined the Fifth District Court of Appeal in September 2012, after being appointed by Governor Rick Scott. Judge Berger was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in 1990 and her law degree from The Florida State University College of Law in 1992, where she was a member of Law Review. Judge Berger served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit from In January 2001, Judge Berger left the State Attorney s Office to serve as an Assistant General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. Judge Berger served in Governor Bush s administration from January 2001 until May 2005, when she was appointed by the governor to serve as a Circuit Judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. During her service on the
3 circuit court, Judge Berger presided over the civil and probate divisions ( ) and adult felony division ( ) in St. Augustine. She was also the presiding judge of the St. Johns County Adult Drug Court Program ( ). Judge Berger is currently a member of the St. Johns County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section s Executive Council, the Dunn Blount Inn of Court, and the Federalist Society She has prior service on the Florida Bar s Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee ( ), the Judicial Administration Selection and Tenure Committee ( ), the Florida Supreme Court Subcommittee on Postconviction Relief ( ), the Statewide Diversity Team ( ), and has been a member of both the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals. Becky Bichard Becky Bichard, Judicial Assistant to County Judge Jerry L. Brewer. I have worked as a Judicial Assistant since 1991 in both County and Circuit Court in Criminal and Civil divisions. My current assignment is at the Booking and Release Center in a Criminal Division and a Specialized Division Veterans Court Program. Prior to becoming a Judicial Assistant I worked as a Deputy Clerk for Orange County Clerk of Courts from I am the President of the Judicial Assistant Association of Florida and Secretary of the Central Florida Judicial Assistants Association. The Honorable Jeanette Dejuras Bigney The Honorable Alice Blackwell Judge Alice Blackwell has served as a Circuit Court Judge since her appointment in March She has previously served in the Criminal, Civil, Family, and Domestic Violence divisions of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, and she currently sits in Business Court, a complex commercial division of the court. Judge Blackwell was the first female judge appointed to serve as Administrative Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Judge Blackwell graduated from Furman University and the University of South Carolina. Before going on the bench, she was a partner in Broad and Cassel, where she practiced commercial and construction litigation. Since becoming a judge, Judge Blackwell has received the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Central Florida Chapter, as well as The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award given by the Orange County Bar Association to a judge who exhibits outstanding professionalism. She has received a number of awards for her work in the area of domestic violence. Judge Blackwell was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges in 2008, and she has served as the Chair of the Supreme Court Commission of Trial Court Performance and Accountability from 1999 to Each year, she serves as a faculty member in the Florida New Judges College, as well as in the Florida Advanced Judicial College. Currently, Judge Blackwell also teaches as an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law. The Honorable Arthur B. Briskman The Honorable Arthur B. Briskman has been at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida since 1993 when he moved from presiding over the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Alabama in Mobile from He was designated Temporary Judge to the following Districts: Middle District of Georgia (Columbus) ; Northern District of Florida (Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee) [ ], Middle District of Florida (Orlando and Tampa) [ ]; Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery) ; Northern District of Alabama (Birmingham) [ ]; Southern District of Florida .
4 Judge Briskman was Chief Counsel for Senator Howell T. Heflin (D-AL) from He practiced law from at Perloff, Reid and Briskman in Mobile, Alabama and became a Municipal Judge in 1978 for the City of Chickasaw, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1969 with a B.S.in Business Administration. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama in Carlos Burruezo, Esq. Phil Calandrino, Esq. AV-rated Orlando business attorney, Phil Calandrino, is a dyed-in-the wool Floridian. He moved here from Illinois with his parents in Back then, as excited as he was to be in Florida, he had lifelong dreams of becoming a lawyer like his uncle. So, after being part of the first graduating class of Dr. Phillips High School, Phil went off to business school at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1994) and then on to law school at Indiana University School of Law, in Bloomington (1998), to soak up all the business law lectures he could and to watch Coach Bobby Knight throw tantrums along with an occasional chair or two up and down the basketball court. Growing up in a household of entrepreneurs, Phil learned what it really meant to be a small business owner. So, when he graduated from law school, he could think of no better career than being an entrepreneur himself, especially one who helps other like-minded people start and grow their businesses. Phil works with small business owners to start, buy, and sell business ventures, raise financing for those enterprises, protect the assets of the business and its owners, and draft agreements for all varieties of business relationships. Phil is also a hard-nosed business trial attorney and has been quoted by dozens of national media outlets. He is admitted to practice in all Florida federal and state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Phil is acting OCBA Business Law Committee chairman and a Barrister in the Inns of Court. He is also involved with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club and West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Lori M. Caldwell Carr, Esq. Lori Caldwell-Carr is a family law attorney practicing in Maitland Florida as InFocus Family Law Firm. She has a true passion for helping people work through family law matters with the goal of making positive, well-informed and futurefocused decisions about their case. Lori is actively involved in the legal community locally, statewide and nationally. She is AV rated from Martindale-Hubbell, a certified family law mediator and a certified trainer by the IACP (International Association of Collaborative Professions). Stephen Caplan, Esq. Stephen Caplan was born in Detroit Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He then attended Mercer University School of Law in Macon Georgia, took the Georgia bar exam and practiced in Georgia for one year before moving to Florida. He worked as an associate with a bankruptcy attorney until opening his own practice at the end of Stephen's main areas of practice have been bankruptcy and family law. He is the senior attorney of Caplan and Associates located in Thornton Park. He has done volunteer work for the Boy Scouts Explorer Program, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Florida and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition he is on the Bowl Selection Committee for Florida Citrus Sports.
5 He is a member of the Orange County Bankruptcy Association, The Orange County Family Law Association, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The American Bankruptcy Institute and the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association. In addition he was one of the original members of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court. Donna Chesteen, Esq. Donna Chesteen, a founding member of The Tech Law Firm, P.L.L.C., is a licensed attorney in both Florida and Mississippi. She has more than two decades of software engineering experience and was a technical leader at Symantec prior to becoming an attorney. She also earned a Masters in Computer Science and an MBA. Her combined experience and education in law, technology, and business make her uniquely qualified to not only communicate with both lawyers and IT professionals but also to understand the inherent problems between them. Donna s practice is focused on helping other attorneys manage their ESI and ediscovery issues. She can serve as a consultant on ESI matters or serve as co-counsel with the attorney-of-record by concentrating on the technological issues of the matter. She can also provide guidance in selecting an ediscovery software vendor, supervising a technology assisted review (TAR) (also known as predictive coding) implementation and many other areas in the ediscovery process. Donna is actively involved in the Orlando start-up technology community. The Tech Law Firm is a sponsor of both the Orlando Tech Meetup and Women and Minorities in Tech Central Florida Meetup. She is currently involved in creating a mentorship program through the Women and Minorities Meetup. She is also an active participant in the ediscovery community and is the Orlando liaison for ESI Roundtable. In addition, she is a member of the Orange Country Bar Association (OCBA) IP Committee and serves on the steering committee of the OCBA Technology committee. At the Florida Bar level, she is a member of both the Computer Law and Technology Committee and the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section (BLS). She is also involved with the ediscovery Task Force of the BLS. In Mississippi, she is a member of both the Business Law and Intellectual Property sections of the Mississippi Bar. The Honorable Jay P. Cohen Judge Cohen joined the 5 th District Court of Appeal after almost eighteen years as a trial court judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. During that time, Judge Cohen served in every division of the court system except probate and was administrative judge of the appellate, civil, and criminal divisions. Judge Cohen graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1974, and Juris Doctor Degree in He participated in the honors program as an undergraduate and both taught and supervised the teaching of legal research and writing while in law school. Beginning his career in Sarasota County, Judge Cohen moved to Orlando in 1980 where he prosecuted for two years. In 1982, he entered private practice. Judge Cohen initially handled the defense of criminal cases, juvenile dependency, as well as domestic relations, before branching out into personal injury and commercial litigation. Appointed to the County Court bench in 1990 by Governor Martinez, Judge Cohen served in traffic, criminal, and civil divisions, initiating a highly successful volunteer based mediation program. In 1993, Judge Cohen was appointed to the Circuit Court bench by Governor Chiles. Judge Cohen was assigned in both Orange and Osceola counties. Governor Crist appointed Judge Cohen to appellate bench in January Richard Connor, Esq.
6 Sally Culley, Esq. Sally Culley practices in the areas of employment, commercial litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith. Her clients include large banks, mortgage servicers and insurance companies, public entities (e.g., school boards, cities, port and housing authorities), and smaller, local businesses. Sally represents employers, both in the public and private sector, in defending employment- related claims, including claims of discrimination, wage and hour violations, whistle-blower violations, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation. She also provides consulting and training services designed to prevent such claims. A well-written set of employment policies and procedures, along with the appropriate training, can go a long way to minimize employment claims. Finally, Sally assists with the creation and enforcement for non- compete agreements. The representation of clients in commercial litigation matters comprises another segment of Sally s practice. In this part of her practice, she handles matters involving contract disputes, fraud and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) claims. Sally also represents clients in mortgage and construction lien foreclosures, quiet title actions, construction litigation, bankruptcy, and collection matters. Peter Cushing, Esq. The Honorable Roy B. "Skip" Dalton, Jr. Roy B. "Skip" Dalton, Jr. is a native Floridian, born in Jacksonville and raised in nearby Sanford. Judge Dalton s undergraduate degree was awarded with high honors from the University of Florida in A 1976 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Judge Dalton is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and for over 25 years prior to assuming the bench was recognized as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocates. He has been honored with the rank of Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been recognized in Woodward & White s Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend Magazine, Florida s Legal Elite, Law & Politics Media, Inc., Florida s Super Lawyers, Florida Monthly Magazine, and Florida s Top Lawyers. Judge Dalton served as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Fifth District Court of Appeal; Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar for the Ninth Judicial Circuit; Member, Supreme Court Committee on Standard Civil Jury Instructions; Member, Board of Directors Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers ( ), Chairman, Municipal Planning Board, City of Orlando; Chairman, Martinez Orange County Convention Center Expansion Committee, Orange County, Florida; Member, Board of Directors, Gator Boosters, Inc.; Trustee Emeritus, University of Florida College of Law, Law Center Association. From May of 2005 to January of 2006 Judge Dalton served as General Counsel to United States Senator Mel Martinez in Washington D.C. While in private practice, Judge Dalton was admitted to practice as a member of the trial bar in all of the Federal District Courts in the State of Florida, the United States Court of Appeal for the 5th and 11th Circuits, United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court in addition to Florida state courts. After 34 years as a trial lawyer Judge Dalton was installed as United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida upon Senate confirmation in May Kristin DeFilippo Kristin DeFilippo began working for Judge Lubet at his law firm as his family law paralegal in 2003 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration. In January 2007 Judge Lubet took the bench for his first term in office and she joined him as his Judicial Assistant. They were assigned to a felony division for 6 years. In January 2013 they moved to Domestic Violence where they currently remain. Kristin is an MBA candidate at UCF and
7 will graduate in May. She is the 2014 President of the Central Florida Judicial Assistants Association (the local chapter of the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida). Ava Doppelt, Esq. Alexander Douglas, Esq. Barbara Eagan, Esq. The Honorable Robert J. Egan Jeffrey Elkins, Esq. Jeff Elkins is an attorney in Shutts & Bowen s Construction Litigation Practice Group in Orlando. Mr. Elkins represents developers, contractors, material suppliers, design professionals, and sureties in disputes involving construction defect claims, delay claims, construction lien issues, contract disputes, and personal injury matters. In addition to construction litigation, Mr. Elkins represents corporations and individuals in broad range of disputes involving complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, commercial and residential landlord/tenant litigation, commercial and consumer collections, mortgage and lien foreclosures, insurance disputes, and tax issues. Mr. Elkins has been a speaker at seminars on construction litigation and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in federal court and state court at the trial and appellate levels. He was recognized as Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2012 & He graduated from Florida State University College of Business, in 2004 and Florida State University College of Law, cum lade, J.D. in The Honorable Kerry Evander The Honorable Sherry Evans Richard Dellinger, Esq. Richard Dellinger is partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed, P.A. Mr. Dellinger is a litigation attorney and his practice includes civil litigation, commercial litigation, business litigation, intellectual property litigation, federal criminal litigation, wrongful death, and family law. Mr. Dellinger has over 12 years of litigation experience in state and federal court. Mr. Dellinger handles large commercial matters, and also provides pro bono service to through the Bar s Legal Aid Society. As a pro bono attorney, Mr. Dellinger advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children; serves as a teen court judge; serves as a community mediator; and provides domestic relations assistance to victims of domestic violence. Mr. Dellinger serves as a Board Member to the Orange County Bar s Legal Aid Society and chairs the Legal Aid Society s Legislative Affairs Committee. Mr. Dellinger is the past President of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the current 11th Circuit Vice President for the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Federal Bar Association s Government Relations Committee, and Vice Chair of the Vice Presidents of the Circuits. Mr. Dellinger is Member of Court s Historical Society, Bench Bar Committee, and Judicial Relations Committee. Mr. Dellinger is a Barrister in the Inns of Court. Mr. Dellinger is the President of the OCBA s Foundation, a non-profit committed to local civics education.
8 Mr. Dellinger is admitted to practice before The Florida Bar and North Carolina Bar. Mr. Dellinger graduated from the University of North Carolina. Sherry S. Evans A longtime resident of Osceola County, Florida, Sherry S. Evans attended the University of South Florida and owned and managed a family saddlery business before joining the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in Osceola County. In 1998, Ms. Evans began working as a Child Support Auditor and after one year, moved to the Probate and guardianship division as the Guardianship Auditor. In her position in Osceola County, Ms. Evans duties involve all aspects of guardianship administration from initial pleadings through discharge of guardians. Ms. Evans also continues to audit accountings, report on guardianship plans and monitor the files for compliance. From 1996 through 2012, Ms. Evans served as Commissioner for the Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Kissimmee, Florida, serving as the Board Chairman for ten of those years. Jennifer Finch, Esq. Jennifer has worked in the legal field since the 80 s, first as a legal secretary and then paralegal. She began working for Larry Smith current employer/managing partner of Southern Trail Counsel in 2008 when he was a partner at Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins. He and Peggy Smith Bush left that firm in 2010 to start Southern Trail Counsel and Jenifer left with them. She is currently the senior paralegal at the Southern Trial Counsel. The firm practices primarily products liability defense and premises liability defense. Jennifer has been a Florida Registered Paralegal since She is a member of the OCBA Paralegal Section and the Central Florida Paralegal Association. She was a Board member for the American Cancer Society Jennifer was a Board Member for the Seminole County Library Advisory Board She is currently on the Metro Plan Orlando Citizens Advisory Committee and has been since Jennifer previously volunteered at the Seminole Teen Court/PAY program and recently got involved with the American Lung Association. The Honorable Carolyn B. Freeman Judge Carolyn B. Freeman was elected by the voters of Orange County in She is currently serving as the county Court Administrative Judge in Orange County, Florida and has served 11 years as the County Court Administrative Judge. She has previously served in all division of County Court, including Traffic Division, Criminal Division, Jail Division, and Specialized Domestic Violence Division. She implemented the Traffic Hearing Officer program in 1994 to assist the County Judges with traffic infraction hearings and correspondence. In 2000, she assisted with the implementation of the planning, scheduling and operation of the two County Court Courtrooms at the jail which handle Initial Appearances, Misdemeanor/Traffic Arraignments, Collection Court Writs, 33 day Motion hearings, and Mental Health Court diversions. Prior to taking the bench Judge Freeman worked in private practice handling civil matters. Judge Freeman holds a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rollins College. She attended elementary school, junior high school and high school in Orange County, Florida. She is married and has two grown children. John Gibbs, Esq. Bethany Gibson Brian Gilchrist, Esq.
9 Ian Gilden, Esq. Ian L. Gilden, Esquire is an attorney in private practice since 1989, with the law firm of Ian L. Gilden, P.A., in Lake Mary, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law (J.D.). His practice concentrates in the areas of Guardianship, Probate, Wills and Trusts, Estate and Trust Administration, and Elder Law. Ian has an AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named Florida Trend Magazine s Florida Legal Elite for the years 2007 through Ian is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He previously served as chairperson of both the Orange County Bar Association, Estate, Trust and Guardianship Committee and of the Seminole County Bar Association Guardianship and Probate Committee. He is a former chairperson of the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee for Seminole County. He was previously a member of the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Ian assisted in the preparation of the Seminole County Educational Training Manual for non-professional guardians. Ian participates as a volunteer judge for the Seminole County Teen Court Diversion Program. K. Hunter Goff, Esq. Mr. Goff received his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 1999 and his undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Mercer University in He was admitted to the Florida Bar in He is currently Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee. Mr. Goff opened his own firm in 2003 and currently has offices in Orlando and Clermont, FL. He dedicates his practice to helping consumers solve their debt problems. Natalia Gove, Esq. Amy Guy Amy Guy works at the Calandrino Law Firm as its Office Administrator and is responsible for the firm s daily administrative operations and management, including human resources and accounting matters. Additionally, Amy as an experienced Certified Paralegal still maintains a small case load and assists with staff training. Amy is active in the legal community and keeps her skills sharp. She is very active in the Orange County Bar Association. In 2010, Amy was appointed by past Florida Bar President, Maryanne Downs, to be one of the only three paralegals serving on a special committee studying mandatory paralegal regulations. Amy has also published several articles in the legal community and helps to facilitate numerous education opportunities for legal professionals. After graduating from Valencia College with Associates of Arts and honors certificate, she attended Rollins College on scholarship. Amy graduated Rollins with a Bachelors of Arts in English, along with a Writing Minor. Thereafter, she was one of the first paralegals in the state to meet the standards set by the Florida Bar for paralegal registration which includes education as well as work experience. Amy is a Certified Paralegal on record with the National Association of Paralegals which denotes that she successfully completed a 2-day test measuring her paralegal and legal assisting abilities on topics ranging from legal research skills to logical reasoning. Amy passed this difficult test on her first attempt. Tenesia C. Hall, Esq. TENESIA C. HALL has practiced with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. since Mrs. Hall practices in the areas of Family Law (including Dependency) and Education Law. She is an active member of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, Orange County Bar Association Family Law Committee, First Central Florida American Inn
10 of Court, and, The Florida Bar Education Law Committee. Mrs. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 1998 and her J.D. from the University of Florida in The Honorable John Harris Travis R. Hollifield, Esq. Travis R. Hollifield is the founder of Hollifield Legal Centre in Winter Park, Florida which focuses on working women s legal rights including FMLA, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation claims. He earned his B.A. from the University of Central Florida in 1991 and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mr. Hollifield is an active member of the National and Florida Employment Lawyers Associations, the Labor & Employment Law section of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar Association. He is also a past Chair of the Orange County Bar Association s Labor & Employment Law section. Mr. Hollifield also litigates intellectual property matters including copyright, trademark, and patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases. He is a Florida Supreme Court certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator and a Middle District of Florida certified Mediator, focusing on the mediation of employment and intellectual property claims. Hollifield has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Barry University s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando. Mr. Hollifield regularly lectures on advanced employment law topics to attorneys for continuing legal education credit and to other professional groups. The Honorable Charlene Honeywell Charlene Edwards Honeywell is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in November She presides over civil and criminal cases in the Orlando Division. Judge Honeywell also served approximately nine (9) years as a Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Florida, having been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in October, As a Circuit Judge, she presided over civil and family law cases. Prior to being appointed to the circuit court, Judge Honeywell was a shareholder with the Tampa law firm of Hill, Ward and Henderson, P.A., and one of the firm s trial attorneys. Her trial practice consisted primarily of the defense of complex litigation. She was the firm s first African American shareholder. Judge Honeywell received her law degree in 1981 from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She graduated from Howard University with a B.A. degree in political science in Mary Ruth Houston, Esq. Mary Ruth Houston s problem-solving approach helps clients stay focused on their core business. With over 25 years of experience in handling complex disputes, Ms. Houston uses her understanding of business issues outside of the courtroom to counsel companies on how to avoid litigation, minimize its effects or, when litigation is required, handle it efficiently and effectively. Ms. Houston is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group and a partner in the Litigation Department. Ms. Houston focuses on both business and employment related disputes.ms. Houston counsels companies throughout Central Florida and beyond on legal challenges that may permanently affect their business. Corporations of all sizes turn to Ms. Houston for her experience in pretrial, trial (jury and non-jury) and appellate work. Ms. Houston defends employers and management in broad range of labor and employment issues. These involve employee discharge and discrimination cases, including age, sex, race, national origin, religion and disability claims, as well as cases involving restrictive covenants and wage-hour matters. She also has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting complex employment and severance agreements. As a lawyer with wide knowledge of labor and
11 employment law, Ms. Houston teaches the subject in the Master of Human Resources Program at Rollins College. She also speaks frequently at seminars on employment related matters and conducts training on employment issues for businesses.ms. Houston s litigation practice also encompasses a wide variety of commercial, contract, intellectual property, consumer finance, creditors rights and business tort disputes. Diane Iacone Diane Iacone is Judicial Assistant to Judge John Kest. She has worked for Judge Kest since he took office in January of Judge Kest has served in Juvenile, Felony and Civil divisions. Prior to that, she worked for Judge Ted Colman. Diane also worked at the Public Defender s Office in the Ninth Circuit for 13 years as the Human Relations Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Joseph DuRocher, Public Defender. She has other experiences as a legal assistant in firms handling commercial litigation and domestic cases. Alyson M. Innes, Esq. Alyson M. Innes was born in Hollywood, Florida. Alyson earned her undergraduate degree with distinction from Nova Southeastern University in 2000, and her juris doctor, cum laude, from University of Miami School of Law in While at the University of Miami School of Law, she made Business Law Review, and was the Editor-in Chief from In addition, Alyson won the CALI Award for Legal Research and Writing. Alyson was listed in Orlando s Top Lawyers in Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine in 2010, 2011, and She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012 and is AV rated in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. Alyson was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003 and practices in all Florida State courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Currently, Alyson, practices in all areas of general liability with an emphasis on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) at Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans, Abel, Lurvey, Morrow & Schefer. The Honorable Cynthia Carson Jackson The Honorable Cynthia Carson Jackson was appointed as a bankruptcy judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, on March 5, She attended Tulane University and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1981, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Judge Jackson practiced at Smith Hulsey & Busey in Jacksonville, Florida, for the past 29 years, where she focused on bankruptcy and insolvency matters throughout the United States. Judge Jackson is a member of The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, and was the former president of the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association. She also was a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Middle District of Florida. Judge Jackson, who is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, is recognized in Chambers USA America s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America. The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, in November, Prior to her appointment, Judge Jennemann was a shareholder in the law firm of Mahoney Adams & Criser, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida, where she specialized in bankruptcy law, and an associate at Smith Hulsey & Busey, Jacksonville, Florida. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Doumar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. Judge Jennemann was appointed as Chief Judge on October 1, Judge Jennemann received her J.D. degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rollins College, and received her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
12 The Honorable Steve Jewett Amber Jade Johnson, Esq. Amber has over 18 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Amber has been practicing Trust and Estate Planning, Probate, Charitable Trusts, Guardianship, Elder Law, Medicaid planning and Corporate Law since Her educational career began at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, where she majored in Economics; Emphasis in Law & Economics. She then continued into Law School and graduated Juris Doctor from Baylor University, School of Law in Over the years Amber has become involved in different organizations such as: The Central Florida Estate Planning Council, The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate, and Trusts section, The Florida Bar Elder Law Section, The Florida Bar Tax Law Section and currently serves as a Chairperson for the Orange County Bar Associations Estate, Trust and Guardianship Committee. Amber was also recognized in both the Best of the Bar and in Florida Legal Elite in Jason Johnson, Esq. The Honorable John E. Jordan Judge John E. Jordan, a 30 year member of the Orange County Bar Association, has served since 2005 on the County and Circuit Court Bench in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. His current assignment is in Osceola County on a Civil/ Probate/Guardianship/Mental Health and Residential Foreclosure Circuit Court Division. Prior to taking the bench he practiced law in State and Federal courts with a focus in Personal Injury/Wrongful Death; Construction; Premises Liability; Products Liability; Motor Vehicle; Trucking; Insurance; Medical Malpractice and Sovereign Immunity litigation. During his 21 year law practice he represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He has Lectured/Co-Authored Legal Seminars on Civil Litigation, Automobile Negligence, Premises Liability, Mediation, and Judicial Ethics/Professionalism. He is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and was a Federal Court Mediator. He is a member of the United States District Court Middle District and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a Board Member/Past President of the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court. He serves on the Board of Visitors for Florida A&M College of Law. He is a two time recipient of the Jurist of the Year Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. Judge Jordan is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida and the University of Florida College Of Law. Keith Kanouse, Esq. Keith Kanouse is a Major Account Manager with Ricoh whose focus is on ediscovery services. He is also a past Founding Member of The Tech Law Firm. He received his bachelors from University of Florida and is a cum laude graduate from Barry law school. Before Barry Law, he worked as an IT Systems consultant and in technology staffing. Keith has presented multiple Social Media CLEs for the OCBA Technology committee. Past topics include Social Media ediscovery and on today s topic of the Florida Bar ethics rules on Social Media use by attorneys. He also was published last year s July and August issue of the OCBA Briefs on the topic of Social Media Ethics Rules in both the commercial and political context. The Honorable John M. Kest Judge Kest has been a Circuit Judge since 2003, serving in the Juvenile, Felony and Circuit Civil Divisions in Orange and Osceola Counties. Before taking the bench, he had a distinguished legal career for thirty years as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, handling complex personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability litigation, representing
13 primarily plaintiffs. He has served as President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and he served for 5 years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Since being elected to the Bench, Judge Kest has served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (FCCJ). He has attended and completed the faculty training program enabling him to teach at judicial conferences throughout the country. Judge Kest has served on the faculty at each of the Circuit Judges' conference since taking the Bench in 2003, has taught at the Advanced Judicial Studies Colleges (AJS), and regularly teaches at the New Judges' College. He is also the Director of the Statewide Judicial Mentoring Program charged with mentoring all newly elected or appointed judges during their first year on the Bench. Judge Kest has also developed and presents a monthly Brown Bag series of seminars for young lawyers on topics that appear to be problematic for lawyers commencing their practice. More recently in 2010 he was named the Trial Judge of the Year by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Kest was also named as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus by the Florida State University College of Law. In 2011 he was presented with The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award for professionalism on the Bench by the Orange County Bar Association. Also, on June 9, 2011, Judge Kest received the highest award given by the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court Award for fostering Professionalism, Ethics and Civility in the practice of law. At the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando in late June, he was named the Outstanding Jurist of the Year for 2011 by the Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. Kristopher Kest, Esq. Kristopher Kest is a senior associate at the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. He practices family law, as well as business litigation and ediscovery. Kristopher s clients are involved in dissolution of marriage proceedings, business litigation, and ediscovery disputes throughout the state of Florida, at both the trial and appellate levels. He also has experience representing banks in foreclosure actions. Kristopher has co-authored several briefs before Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal, including for Eppinger v. Sealy, et al., 25 So.3d 69 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009). Kristopher is active in the firm s pro bono practice, advocating as a guardian ad litem for the best interests of abused, abandoned, and neglected children in the state's dependency system. In 2010 and 2012, he received the New Attorney Award of Excellence from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. An Orlando native and a fifth generation Floridian, Kristopher received his B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans. After working as a patrol officer for the Fulton County Police Department in Atlanta, Kristopher earned his J.D. (with honors) from Florida State University College of Law. He is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Kristopher was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, and in 2009 and 2011 he was recognized by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite, Up & Comer. Kristopher is a member of the Executive Council of the Orange County Bar Association, and for five years was a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. During that time Kristopher founded and chaired the YLS-Law School Mentoring Program. He participates in the Florida Supreme Court s Justice Teaching program, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court. Also active in the community, Kristopher is the 2014 Chair of the WMFE (90.7 News) Community Advisory Board, was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Winter Park Public Library, and is the former president of the Tulane Alumni Association (Orlando Chapter). He is also a committee member for the Orlando Health Foundation's Level One Trauma Center "One Night" event. Kristopher is married and has two daughters.
14 The Honorable Sally D.M. Kest Debra Kirby A native of Valdosta, Ga., Debbie has a BA in Psychology. She works for Orange County Community Corrections, having been a probation officer for 13 years, followed by 17+ years in Pretrial Diversion, where she currently serves as Senior Community Corrections Officer. In 2005, in conjunction with then Assistant State Attorney Wayne Wooten, she implemented the DUI Diversion Program, which she continues to oversee. In addition to supervising DUI offenders, Debbie reviews all incoming PTD referrals from the State Attorney s Office. She is a member of NAPSA (National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies) and APPA (American Probation & Parole Association) and also sits on the Florida Safety Council DUI Advisory Committee. Lawrence Kolin, Esq. Born New York, New York, March 1969; admitted to bar: 1994, Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court; 2001, Supreme Court of Florida Certified County, Circuit-Civil & Appellate Mediator and Qualified/Approved Arbitrator; American Health Lawyers Association Neutral/Arbitrator; American Arbitration Association Panel Neutral; Certified Federal Mediator, Middle District of Florida, 2001; Diplomate, The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 2010; Florida Trend 'Legal Elite' (Arbitration & Mediation), 2010; Recipient, The Florida Bar Legal Aid Public Service Award, 2002; Orlando Business Journal's Most Influential Businessmen 2011, Top ADR Lawyer, Orlando Home & Leisure, 2013; AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; AVVO Rating of 10-Superb. Before mediating full time, Lawrence Kolin practiced law for nearly 20 years in diverse areas of civil trial work. He is active in local and state Bar associations and chaired the recent effort to amend Florida Civil Procedure Rules to include E-Discovery. He is experienced in arbitration and complex civil litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. He also serves as a civil General Magistrate in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. The Honorable Barry C. LaBoda The Honorable Barry C. LaBoda has been an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Orlando. He was appointed in He practiced law in Orlando for 25 years before being appointed to the bench. He was a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association from 1980 to He was a solo practitioner from 1984 to His areas of practice included social security disability, family law and civil litigation. He served as an administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2005 to He is a graduate of Columbia University and Boston University School of Law. Joseph A. Lane, Esq. Joe Lane, Partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is board certified in construction law by The Florida Bar, and he has practiced in the construction law field continuously since Joe practices a wide spectrum of construction law, including preparation of, or modification of standard forms for construction documents for commercial projects, including CM, CM at risk, stipulated sum, cost-plus/gmp, and subcontract documents for all types of commercial projects. Joe also practices in the area of construction defects, including representation of claimants and defendants in defect claims, including related property insurance claims, general liability insurance claims, and builder s risk insurance claims. He also handles public bid and procurement protests. Joe is a member of the ABA Section on the Construction Industry and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice.
15 The Honorable Alicia L. Latimore Judge Alicia L. Latimore, a native Floridian, was born and reared in Miami, Dade County, Florida. She graduated from Ransom-Everglades High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from Duke University, North Carolina. She then attended the University of Florida where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in Upon graduation from law school she began her legal career with a general practice firm where she handled civil and family law cases. In 1991, she joined the State of Florida Department of Labor Bureau of Appeals for Unemployment Compensation as an Appeals Referee/Administrative Hearing Officer and then later joined Perry & Lamb, P.A. as an associate handling family and juvenile law until she decided in 1993 to open her own private law firm. From November 1993 until December 2005, while a private practitioner, Judge Latimore concentrated in the areas of marital/family and juvenile law. In recognition of her proficiency in these areas she was appointed in 1999 to the Supreme Court of Florida Dependency Court Improvement Committee and the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Fairness. She also held the position of Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 1994 to On December 5, 2005, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit covering Orange and Osceola counties. She is the first and only African American female to hold the position of Circuit Court Judge in the history of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. After serving four years on the felony criminal bench she was assigned to the juvenile delinquency division and juvenile drug court where she currently sits. She is the former Chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Teen Summit and is compassionate about keeping our youth out of the criminal justice system. She is a member of a number of professional and civic organizations including, but not limited to, the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, the Florida Court Education Council, the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the George C. Young Central Florida Inn of Court, the Salvation Army Women s Auxiliary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and St. Mark A.M.E. Church. The Honorable Frederick J. Lauten Frederick J. Lauten is the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Criminal Division of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Lauten has also presided over the Complex Commercial Litigation Division and previously served as Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division. He has presided over the Violation of Probation Division, Circuit Criminal Division 17, a Circuit Criminal Division in Osceola County and served in every division in the Orange County Court. Judge Lauten has been on the bench for 20 years. Prior to being a judge, Judge Lauten worked in the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney s office for 11 years. He also practiced law in Washington D.C. and in Longwood Florida. Judge Lauten received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University in He received an M.B.A. from Rollins College in 1976 and a B. A. from Rollins College in Judge Lauten graduated from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando. He attended St. Mary Magdalen grade school in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Judge Lauten moved to Florida in He was born in Chicago Illinois. Judge Lauten resides in Orlando with his wife Shelley and has two children. The Honorable Bob LeBlanc The Honorable Bob LeBlanc graduated with honors from St. John s Preparatory School in Boston in 1975, a catholic boarding school. He graduated with honors with a BA in Political Philosophy from Bradford College outside Boston, He studied junior year abroad at American College of Paris in 1979, then graduated from University of Miami School of Law in 1989.
16 He interned with the Public Defender Office in Orlando (1987) and the legal department at the American Stock Exchange in New York (1988) during summers of law school. After passing the bar exam in September 1989, he came to Orlando to work at the Public Defender Office. Judge LeBlanc worked at Bogin, Munns & Munns practicing Criminal Defense while learning Personal Injury. He started his own law firm in 1996 as general partner until elected Circuit Judge in September Judge LeBlanc gives back to the community by being a founding member of the Teen Court fundraising arm, Teen Alternatives, Inc. and has volunteered for Teen Court for years. He is a member of various bar groups including Chair of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee; President for three terms of the Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood Association; founding member of the bi-annual Historic Gardens of Lake Eola Heights Garden Tour. Currently he is a member of the Friends Board and Executive Committee of the Mennello Museum of American Art, and on the Advisory Board for Barry University School of Law in Orlando. Judge LeBlanc married Joanie Schuler, a Winter Park native, at Rollins Chapel in September Assignments: Circuit Criminal, 2013 Circuit Domestic Violence Division. Adriana Linares Adriana Linares is a legal technology trainer and consultant with LawTech Partners, a professional services firm specializing in the legal industry. The firm's services include legal technology consulting and law office software training. Using her practical and personal approach to learning she helps legal professionals maximize their technology skills and investments. Having spent her formidable career-years at two of Florida s largest law firms, Adriana went on the open LawTech Partners in 2004 and has recently launched Help Desk for Lawyers a remote training and support service focused on solo and small firms. She is a frequent speaker at national technology conferences and a regular contributor to legal blogs and publications. She spent four years on the Planning Board of the ABA TECHSHOW, two years as an editor for Technolawyer's Blawgworld and in 2013 was named as one of the Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators. Today she serves as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar Communications Committee. She is Chair of the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the Law Practice Division of the ABA, and serves on the advisory board for the Center for Law Practice Technology. Adriana has a Bachelors in Geography from Stetson University, a Masters in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins, and speaks fluent Spanish. France A. Lopez, Esq. France A. Lopez, Esq. is a solo practitioner in the areas of family and immigration law in Orlando, Florida. Her understanding of family law extends the boundaries of the regulations, statutes and courtroom hearings. Her priority is to educate her clients on the current laws and how she can work with them to adjust, support or restore their families within the boundaries of these laws. circumstances. As an immigration attorney she is ready to help individuals work within the boundaries of American Immigration Law to achieve their dreams. Prior to the establishment of her law practice in Florida, she served the U.S. General Services Administration as the Regional Director of the Small Business Utilization Office for the New England Region from December 2002 through June In this position, she oversaw the office that facilitated federal contracting opportunities for small businesses in the New England Region. Prior to her federal government service, she worked under the administration of three Republican Governors. In 1995, the William Weld administration appointed her as Executive Director of the State Office of Minority and Women Business. This was a regulatory agency with an enforcement component. In 1999, Governor Paul Cellucci
17 appointed her as Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission and was re-appointed in 2002 by Governor Jane Swift. In this role, she oversaw the agency and conducted administrative hearings with four other appointed Commissioners. Her executive skills combined with her administrative hearing experiences supplements her legal background in a way that offers a credible, experienced and knowledgeable professional to all her clients. She is fluent in Spanish and extends this knowledge to assist the Hispanic community through the legal system. Ms. Lopez received her Bachelor s of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University in 1985 and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in She is a member of the Florida and Massachusetts Bar. Ms. Lopez was admitted by the bar of the United States Supreme Court in She is also a current member of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and serves as a member of the OCBA Family Law Executive Committee. She is a member of the Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court (CFFLAIOC). Ms. Lopez is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Asociation (AILA). Throughout her career, she has enjoyed speaking to groups of women, small businesses, minority groups and motivating them to succeed and pursue their highest goals. The Honorable Marc Lubet Circuit Judge Marc Lubet is a graduate of HB Plant High School in Tampa and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Mississippi and practiced Criminal and Family Law for 32 years prior to commencing his first elected term in the office of Circuit Judge in January of Judge Lubet, during the course of his career as a Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorney represented Judge s and their family members as well as numerous Police Officers from around the State in various litigation matters. During the course of his career as a Criminal Defense Lawyer he was lead counsel in over 20 first and second degree murder cases. He is one of the original members of the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Judge Lubet was an Adjunct Professor and taught Family Law and Trial Advocacy at the University of Central Florida. He also taught Law Enforcement Re-certification Classes at Valencia Community College s Criminal Justice Institute from Judge Lubet has been an AV Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubble since In 2006 Judge Lubet was elected unopposed to the Circuit Court Bench. From 2007 through 2012 he was assigned to a circuit felony division. Since January 2013 he now presides over a Domestic Violence division. Gary Lublin, Esq. Mr. Lublin is a partner in the Rush, Marshall, Jones & Kelly, P.A. law firm, primarily representing creditors in the areas of bankruptcy, replevins, foreclosures, lender liability and debt collection for secured and unsecured creditors. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Florida in 1982 and then obtained his law degree from the University of Florida in He was admitted to practice in the state of Florida in He began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender and then served as an Assistant State Attorney in Orange County. Throughout his career, he has been lead attorney in over 100 jury trials. He has been a featured speaker at bankruptcy and consumer collection seminars and has co-authored various seminar materials on creditors rights. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Florida, the Federal District Courts for the Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Stephen Luther, Esq Mr. Luther is a Registered Patent Attorney with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A. He has substantial experience in the areas of intellectual property litigation, business tort litigation, software and computer-related transactional work, patent prosecution, domain name disputes, Internet issues and client counseling. Mr. Luther has been a visiting lecturer at Barry University Law School and is an active lecturer on a variety of intellectual property, business and technology topics. He is an adjunct professor, teaching I.P. Litigation at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.
18 The Honorable Wilfredo Martinez Judge Martinez has been a County Judge here in Orange County since January Judge Martinez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and moved to New York in Judge Martinez graduated with a BA from Yale University and with a JD from New York University School of Law. Judge Martinez has lived in Orange County since 1983 and practiced law in Central Florida as a general litigator for 14 years prior to becoming a judge. He has his own law practice for about 9 years, concentrating in business, real estate and family law. The Honorable Pamela Masters Ms. Masters received her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida in In 1986, Ms. Masters received her J.D. degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law where she participated in law review, taught appellate advocacy and writing and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. Masters was a commercial litigator in Atlanta, Georgia from 1987 until her move back to Florida in 2000, where she opened a Florida office of her Atlanta law firm in Daytona Beach. Ms. Masters joined the Fifth District Court of Appeal in September 2007 as a senior staff attorney, became Director of Central Staff in August She was appointed Clerk in November Ms. Masters has overseen the transition from paper to electronic filing at the Fifth District Court of Appeal. She is a member of the Dunn Blount Inns of Court and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks. The Honorable Donna L. McIntosh Donna L. McIntosh is a Circuit Judge in the Eighteenth Circuit for the State of Florida. Prior to taking the Bench in 2001, Judge McIntosh practiced law for seventeen years and received an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell. She earned her B.B.A. from Stetson University (cum laude) and earned her J.D. from University of Florida College of Law (with honors). Judge McIntosh is a member of the Seminole County Bar Association (President, 1996) and the Volie A. Williams Inn of Court. She received the Mize-Dickey Outstanding Jurist Award for Seminole County in 2008 from the Seminole County Bar Association. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Barry Law School. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Stetson University and Barry Law School. Judge McIntosh has been assigned to every division of the Court during her tenure on the bench. She was assigned to the circuit criminal division from 2005 through 2011, serving as the Administrative Judge for criminal appeals. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges as the Civil Justice Chair and is the past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section. Judge McIntosh serves on the Florida Supreme Court s Criminal Steering Committee. The Honorable Kelly McKibben Kelly Jo McKibben was appointed by Governor Scott, as Circuit Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Viera, Florida. Family Law Division in September She was acounty Court Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in Viera, Florida, Criminal Division from January 2006 to September She was appointed by Governor Bush. Previously, she worked at the Florida Department of Children and Families, Orlando/Cocoa, Florida as Chief Legal Counsel/Attorney from April 1995 to December She is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama. J.D. Degree, May 1994 and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in, December Some of her activities and honors include: Achieving Excellence Chair of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court and past Mentoring Director, Program Director, and President; Team Leader for Justice Teaching Program for Kennedy
19 Middle School. Participate in mock trials/lessons in the law with the students; Mentor judge for the Justice Teaching Institute at the Florida Supreme Court in 2013 and 2014; Member of the Legal Needs of Children Committee of the Florida Bar; Former member and Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Community Based Care of Brevard/Brevard Family Partnership Board; While with DCF, received Davis Productivity Awards six years in a row, 2005 Outstanding Performance Team Award for the District 7 Legal Leadership Team, 2004 Outstanding Performance Award, Summit Awards for Excellence in Legal Representation and for Best Practice for Outstanding Legal Training, Distinguished Special Achievement Award, VISION Awards and District 7 Heart of Gold Award. Michelle McKinnie, FRP Michelle McKinnie is Florida Registered Paralegal, having received that designation in She is currently employed at Hayes Law, PL as a litigation paralegal specializing in complex commercial litigation. Ms. McKinnie has more than 20 years of experience handling large document, multi-party, and multi-million dollar litigation matters. Her extensive experience includes assisting attorneys through all aspects of a case, including large scale document production, pre-trail preparation and in courtroom trail support. Ms. McKinnie has experience in both state and federal courts as well as arbitration proceedings. Prior to moving to Florida in 1990 Ms. McKinnie most recently attended McIntosh College majoring in paralegal studies. Ms. McKinnie most recently attended Stetson University majoring in Business Administration. Ms. McKinnie is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, Paralegal Section. She is also active in several local charities including the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. David Medvec Mr. David Medvec is the coordinator of the Orange County Teen Court Program in Orlando, FL. He has been with the program since 1998 and has 25 years with the court system, prior to that he was an Orlando Police Officer and U.S. Army veteran. He is a graduate from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Minor in Legal studies. He assisted in getting solid legislative funding for the Teen Court Program and has received numerous awards for his work with youth. He resides in Weeki Wachee with his wife Carol and enjoys spearfishing. Leigh Meininger, Esq. The Honorable A. Thomas Mihok A. Thomas Mihok presently serves as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He was appointed to the bench in 1995 by Governor Lawton Chiles. Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Mihok has been re-elected three times without opposition. He presently serves in the probate division of the court. He has previously presided over felony, civil, juvenile delinquency, and domestic relations divisions of the Ninth Circuit. During his career, Judge Mihok has tried cases involving, among other things, charges of first degree murder, medical malpractice claims, real property disputes, election controversies, and serious personal injury claims. Judge Mihok has also had the opportunity to serve as an Associate Judge on the 4 th and 5 th District Courts of Appeal. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1967, Judge Mihok served five years in the United States Navy as a jet carrier pilot. After an honorable discharge in 1972, he went to Stetson University College of Law where he received his law degree in From 1975 to 1978, Judge Mihok served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He was in private law practice from 1978 until his appointment to the bench in Judge Mihok is a past faculty member of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Barry University College of Law where he has taught trial advocacy since 2008.
20 Steve Milbrath, Esq. Nichole M. Mooney, Esq. Ms. Mooney represents individuals and businesses of all sizes in business litigation and employment related issues. Her representation includes drafting employment and severance contracts, drafting handbooks and policies, and counseling and representing employers in litigation regarding all types of employee actions, rights and obligations, including, but not limited to, wage and hour questions and disputes, FMLA issues, claims of discrimination, retaliation, theft of trade secrets, and all other manner of employment related litigation under Florida and federal law. Ms. Mooney also addresses claims regarding restrictive covenants including non-compete agreements, trade secrets litigation and protection of confidential information. In addition, Ms. Mooney is involved in all areas of complex business litigation in both state and federal courts ranging from simple contract disputes to issues arising from the dissolution of a business entity and derivative litigation. Ms. Mooney has state and federal courtroom experience in both jury and non-jury trials. She also has experience in administrative proceedings with the EEOC, Florida Commission on Human Relations and Orlando Human Relations Department. Marilyn Moran, Esq. Jamie Billotte Moses, Esq. Jamie Billotte Moses is a shareholder with Fisher, Rushmer. She is a board certified appellate specialist and has a broad appellate practice in both state and federal courts. Ms. Moses also defends real estate professionals such as sales agents and brokers, appraisers and title companies in litigation and licensing complaints. Ms. Moses has been very active in The Florida Bar, serving as President of the Young Lawyers Division, on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, on the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee, as Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee and a member of the Attorney-Realtor Joint Committee. Locally, Ms. Moses has been President of the Young Lawyers Section, President of the Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees, Founding Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee and Chair of the Judicial Relations Committee. Ms. Moses has served twice as Secretary and Treasurer of the OCBA. She is currently the President-elect of the OCBA. Ms. Moses is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored as Florida's Legal Elite and Orlando's Top Lawyers. In her spare time, she competes in triathlons and running races. Tom Moss, Esq. Patrick Muldowney, Esq. Patrick M. Muldowney is a partner with the law firm of BakerHostetler, resident in the firm s Orlando office. Mr. Muldowney represents private- and public-sector management clients in connection with issues such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, labor-management relations, family and medical leave, public employee rights, minimum wage/overtime compensation and covenants not to compete. He handles matters in federal and state courts and before agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Florida Commission on Human Relations. Mr. Muldowney received his J.D. degree from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and New York. He is Co- Chair of the firm s Labor Relations Practice and an adjunct professor in the Master of Human Resources program at Rollins College.