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Lieberman, Bush Among Scott’s Judicial Nominating Appointments

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott made four reappointments and nine appointments in the 5th, 10th and 19th judicial nominating commissions.

5th Circuit:

Scott reappointed Michele L. Lieberman and appointed W. James Gooding III, Brian D. Hudson, Darryl W. Johnston and Del G. Potter to the 5th Circuit judicial nominating commission.

Lieberman, 42, of Inverness, is a self-employed attorney and general counsel for Technology Conservation Group Inc. She is reappointed for a term beginning
Sept. 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014. Lieberman has been a sole practitioner since 2007 and general counsel for Technology Conservation Group Inc. since 2010. Previously, she was the chief assistant attorney for Citrus County from 2002 to 2007. A member of the Citrus County Bar Association since 2005, she served as president from 2005 to 2006 and secretary from 2007 to 2009. Lieberman received her bachelors degree from the University of South Florida and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Gooding, 55, of Ocala, is a partner at Gilligan, King and Gooding PA. He succeeds George Angeliadis and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. Gooding has served as the assistant city attorney for Ocala since 1995. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Hudson, 33, of Wildwood, is an attorney practicing with McLin Burnsed PA since 2003. He succeeds Earl Peterson and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014. Hudson has been a member of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce board of directors since 2010. He received an associate degree from Lake-Sumter Community College, a bachelors degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law.

Johnston, 48, of Brooksville, has been practicing with the firm Johnston and Sasser PA since 1991. He succeeds Raul Carreras Jr. and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. Johnston has held a variety of positions with the Hernando County Bar Association, including president and secretary. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Johnston is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Potter, 63, of Mount Dora, is a partner with Potter Clement Lowry and Duncan, practicing with the firm since 1972. He succeeds Meredith Kirste and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 21, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014. Potter is a certified civil mediator. Previously, he was an assistant state attorney with the 5th Judicial Circuit from 1975 to 1985 and served on a judicial nominating commission in 1984. He is a member of Lake County Bar Association, serving as president from 1977 to 1978, and the American Bar Association. Potter received his bachelors and law degrees from Florida State University. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

10th Circuit:

Scott reappointed Donald H. Wilson and appointed Kenneth B. Evers, Timothy J. McCausland, John H. Shannon and Robert S. Swaine to the 10th Circuit judicial nominating commission.

Wilson, 60, of Homeland, has practiced at Boswell and Dunlap LLP for 30 years, where he serves as general counsel for Polk State College and handles various cases and transactions for the Polk County School Board. He received a bachelors degree from Stetson University and a law degree from the University of Florida. Wilson is reappointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Evers, 43, of Wauchula, has been a sole practitioner since 2000. He is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Wauchula and served as president in 2000. Evers is also a member of Hardee County Bar Association and served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1989. He received his bachelors degree from University of Florida and law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Evers succeeds Richard Straughn and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

McCausland, 60, of Bartow, has been the attorney for the city of Lakeland since 1992. A member of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association since 1987, he served as president from 2010 to 2011. He is also the president of Palm Island Spice Co. McCausland served in the United States Army Reserve from 1971 to 1977 and received an associate degree from Polk Community College, a bachelors degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law. He succeeds Deborah Oates and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, and ending July 1, 2014. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Shannon, 64, of Lakeland, has been a sole practitioner since 1975, excluding his service as the attorney for the city of Fort Meade during the 1990s. He is a member of the Lakeland Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and the American Association of Justice. A military veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, he received an associate degree from Edison Community College, a bachelors degree from Florida State University and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law. Shannon succeeds Alejandro Pujol and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, and ending July 1, 2015. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Swaine, 37, of Sebring, has been a partner at Swaine and Harris PA since 2003. Previously, he was an associate at Frost, Van Den, Boom and Smith PA from 2001 to 2003. He is currently on the executive council of the real property, probate and trust law section of the Florida Bar and has been a member since 2003. Swaine has been a member of the Highlands County Bar Association since 2003 and served as president from 2007 to 2008. He has also served as attorney adviser for the Highlands County Teen Court since 2004. Swaine received his bachelors and law degrees from Florida State University. He succeeds Mitchell Franks and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

19th Circuit:

Reappointed were George W. Bush Jr. and Scott W. Konopka, while Jennifer L. Williamson was appointed to the 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Bush, 47, of Palm City, is a partner at Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Sobel, Bush and McCluskey LLP. He is reappointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. Prior to his current firm, Bush practiced at the Law Offices of George W. Bush Jr. PA from 2003 to 2004, and at Bush and Donlon PA from 1999 to 2003, primarily in business litigation. He received a bachelors degree from Georgetown University and law degree from Cornell Law School.

Konopka, 41, of Stuart, is a shareholder at Page, Mrachek, Fitzgerald and Rose PA. He is reappointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. Specializing in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, Konopka has practiced law at Page, Mrachek, Fitzgerald and Rose PA since 2002, and previously with Gunster Yoakley from 1996 to 2000. He received his bachelors and law degrees from the University of Florida. Konopka is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Williamson, 39, of Okeechobee, is a shareholder at Crary-Buchanan PA. She succeeds David Carter and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. Practicing law with Crary-Buchanan PA since 1999, Williamson has specialized in commercial litigation and transactional practice in corporate and real estate law. She received a bachelors degree from Florida Atlantic University, two masters degrees from Georgia State University, and a law degree from Boston University.

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