The Record is the Journal of the Appellate Practice Section. Editions are released periodically throughout the year and include articles of a substantive appellate nature, as well as strictly reporting pieces on issues of interest to appellate practitioners. Section members will receive an email from the Section each time a new edition is released.

If you like to write, please consider writing for The Record. We welcome your submission! Please send any inquiries to the Editor of The Record, June Hoffman at


Laura Triplett, Editor

Laura Triplett

Laura is currently a staff attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa. She serves as the editor of The Record and is an active member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee and Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar. She also teaches legal writing and introduction to law courses at the University of Tampa and has given presentations on the effective navigation of the digital appellate record at the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorney Association.




Assistant Editors

Stephanie Varela, Assistant Editor

Stephanie Varela
Assistant Editor

Stephanie is an attorney at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Miami. She focuses her practice on appellate litigation and trial support during all stages of litigation leading up to an appeal, which includes pre-trial motion practice and post-trial motion practice. Stephanie represents clients in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas of the law, including products liability, medical malpractice, employment litigation, and contract disputes. Stephanie has also co-authored publications on various issues, including stays. Stephanie is a former staff attorney to Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.


David Knapp, Assistant Editor

David Knapp
Assistant Editor

David is a partner at James A. Coleman, P.A., in Orlando, Florida, where his practice focuses primarily on appeals, insurance defense, and pharmacy defense. He is a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Section’s Executive Council and a charter member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee.  He received both his B.S.B.A. with High Honors and his J.D. from the University of Florida.




Thomas Ward, Assistant Editor

Thomas Ward
Assistant Editor

Tom practices appellate law and commercial litigation at the law firm of Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez, P.A. in Miami.  He currently serves on the executive boards for the Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee and The Third District Court of Appeal’s Historical Society.