Judge Eric J. Eisnaugle

Born and raised in Sebring, Florida, Judge Eric J. Eisnaugle, the newest state court judge to join Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, has always had a servant’s heart.  Judge Eisnaugle’s interest in the law started while he was a student at Sebring High School.  Although he knew he would go on to law...

Judge Matthew C. Lucas

“Everything in nature works according to laws.” -Immanuel Kant The above quote is more than just Judge Matthew C. Lucas’ favorite quotation, Kant’s words explain the course of his legal career. One fateful day, a neighborhood attorney gave a nine-year-old boy a set of Florida Statute books. It may seem like...

Judge Rothstein-Youakim

“When I was a little girl I would sit on the curb holding a coconut between my bare feet, whacking it with a hatchet until I got it open,” Judge Susan Rothstein-Youakim said.  “I’m a Florida girl,” she added.  “But don’t mention the coconut.  Nobody needs to know about that.” Fortunately, the newest judge...

Judge James A. Edwards

By: David C. Knapp James A. “Jim” Edwards had just finished speaking at a Civility in Litigation seminar for the Indian River Bar Association in Vero Beach, and was reviewing voice messages before getting into his car, when he came across a voice message from a fellow named Rick Scott. Needless...

Judge Ross L. Bilbrey

by: Kansas R. Gooden You will not find him waving a metal detector on the beautiful beaches of the Florida pan handle he has called home for most of his life, but Judge Ross L. Bilbrey is a treasure hunter. He is a patient searcher that spots value in public service, education, justice, and Gator football....

The Honorable Susan L. Kelsey

Judge Susan Kelsey did not always plan to be a judge. She did not always plan to be a lawyer. She did not come from a family of lawyers, didn’t know any lawyers, and never even dreamed of college while she was growing up outside a small town in central Ohio. While she was growing up, her father worked for...

The Honorable Thomas D. Winokur

Winter 2017, Volume XX, No. 7 By:  Jennifer Shoaf Richardson[1] Judge Thomas D. “Bo” Winokur was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal by Governor Rick Scott on June 11, 2015.  He joined the court after serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Executive Office of the Governor since 2011.  He...