Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the following appointments:

Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
Timothy J. Koenig, of Key West, is the managing partner of Koenig, Highsmith, & VanLoon, and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, transactional real estate, and real estate regulation. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University. Koenig succeeds Lauri Ross, and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
Michael P. Beltran, of Orlando, practices with Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP. Previously, in 2010, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven D. Merryday of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Beltran received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He succeeds Jim Estcorn, and is appointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012 and ending July 1, 2016.

Michael C. Sasso, of Oviedo, practices business and construction law with Michael C. Sasso, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Sasso succeeds Lee Bennett, and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
R. Todd Harris, of Pensacola, has been a partner with McDonald, Fleming, & Moorhead LLP since 2009. Harris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and his law degree from Florida State University. He succeeds Jarl T. Young, and is appointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
Edwin A. Scales, III, of Key West, is both a sole practitioner and of counsel at Gray Robinson. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. He is reappointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Robert B. Shillinger, Jr., of Key West, has been the Chief Assistant County Attorney for Monroe County since 2006. Previously, he was an Assistant County Attorney for Monroe County from 2000 to 2006. From 1995 to 2000 Shillinger was an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his law degree from the University of Baltimore. Shillinger is reappointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Eighteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
Alan H. Landman, of Melbourne, has been a sole practitioner since 1995. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Landman is reappointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Nineteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
Benjamin L. Bedard, of Martin County, has been a partner with Roberts, Reynolds, Bedard & Tuzzio, P.A., since 1993. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Bedard succeeds Casey Walker and is appointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Steven G. Gieseler, of Port St. Lucie, has practiced with Gieseler & Gieseler, P.A., since 2010. Previously, Gieseler was an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation from 2005 to 2010. From 2004 to 2005 he practiced with Piper Rudnick LLP. Gieseler received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He succeeds Harold G. Melville and is appointed for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
Kathleen M. Fitzgeorge, of Fort Myers, has been an Attorney/Chief Assistant with the Public Defender’s Office since 1991. Fitzgeorge received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and her law degree from the University of Dayton. She succeeds Jack Hackett, and is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning December 5, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

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