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Eleventh Circuit JNC Announces Vacancies

Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:55 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


June 8, 2021
CONTACT: Robert H. Fernandez, Chair; rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (786) 315-4479

The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the Miami-Dade Circuit & County Court created by the resignations of Circuit Court Judges Rosa Figarola & Martin Zilber and County Court Judge Miguel Mirabal.

The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court and county judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

Applicants must submit three copies (3) of their application by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, as follows:

(1): The original unredacted paper application shall be mailed or delivered to:

Robert H. Fernandez
RHF Law Firm, LLC
2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
Coral Gables, FL 33134

(2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com.

(3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@rhflawfirm.com. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “21.06.25 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit and/or County Application (redacted/unredacted).”

Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

Applications may be downloaded from the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

The Commission will convene telephonically on Mon., June 28, 2021 to discuss scheduling interviews of the most qualified applicants. A conference room will be available at RHF Law Firm, LLC, 2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305, Coral Gables, FL 33134 for those interested in attending.


Robert H. Fernandez (Chair)
RHF Law Firm, LLC
2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tel.: 786-315-4479
Miranda L. Soto (Vice Chair)
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC Two
South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1500
Miami, FL 33131
Tel.: 305-347-4086
Walter James Harvey
School Board Attorney’s Office
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33132
Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax: 305-995-1412
Scott M. Dimond
Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B
Miami, FL 33133
Hayden P. O’Byrne
United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL
99 N.E. 4th Street
Miami, FL 33132
Tel: 305-961-9447/Fax: 305-530-7679
Robert R. Pardo Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
Miami, FL 33156
Tel.: 305-596-7794/Fax: 305-596-5854
Jesus M. Suarez
Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A.
100 S.E. Second Street, Suite 4400
Miami, Florida 33131
Tel: 305-349-2300
Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000
Miami, FL 33134
Tel: 305-445-2500
Pedro Allende
Tel: 305-482-3529


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