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...

Judicial Profile: John A. Tomasino – Clerk of the Court, Florida Supreme Court

Spring 2015 By: Kristen M. Fiore and Ryan D. O’Connor John A. Tomasino was sworn in as the Florida Supreme Court’s
 21st Clerk of Court on November
 4, 2013.  Mr. Tomasino was born and raised in Tampa, where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida.  He then attended the...

Judicial Profiles: Judge Wendy Berger

Summer 2014 By Shannon McLin Carlyle In 2012, Judge Wendy Berger became the third female to serve on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Judge Berger grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where she attended high school at Stanton College Preparatory School. She was involved in theatre both in her high school...

Judicial Profile: Judge Mark W. Klingensmith

Summer 2014 By Siobhan Helene Shea Judge Mark W. Klingensmith grew up in Melbourne, Florida, as the oldest of three children.  After his family moved to the West Palm Beach area, Judge Klingensmith attended John I. Leonard Community High School where he graduated in 1978.  Judge Klingensmith’s first job was...

Judicial Profile: Judge Edwin A. Scales, III

Summer 2014 By David A. Karp Edwin Scales, solo practitioner, was driving to his law office in Key West on a Friday morning last October when his cell phone rang. “Hey, Ed, this is Rick Scott,” the voice said over the phone. Scales, who had been nominated to sit on the Third District Court of Appeal,...

Judicial Profile: Judge Alan Orantes Forst

Summer 2014 By Siobhan Helene Shea Alan Orantes Forst was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1958. Judge Forst was (and remains!) the eldest of two sons, growing up in a traditional “reformative” Jewish family, with a stay-at-home mom. The family moved three times during Judge Forst’s...

Judge Timothy Osterhaus

Spring 2014 By Ellie Neiberger Judge Timothy Osterhaus is the newest addition to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.  As he approaches his one-year anniversary on the bench in May 2014, he remains a humble public servant, who is, above all else, committed to a role of judicial restraint. Before Life...

Judge Daniel Sleet, Second District Court of Appeal

Spring 2014 By Raymond T. (Tom) Elligett Born and raised in Charlotte, as the youngest of seven children, Dan Sleet knew he would need to find a way to fund his higher education.  Furman University recruited him with a full football scholarship to play defense, but when another player was injured, the coach...

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