Credentials

EDUCATION
University of Miami, School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Arts, 1970
BAR ADMISSIONS
1974 – The Florida Bar “AV” Rated1975 – United States District Court, Southern District of Florida1976 – United States Customs Court1977 – United States Tax Court

1977 – United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals

1981 – United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

1982 – United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

1990 – United States Supreme Court

LEGAL BACKGROUND
Choice Legal Group, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. General Counsel. 07/2010 – Present.
JUDICIAL BACKGROUND
Chief Judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, 01/2007 – 06/2011.Circuit Judge, Elected unopposed 1996, 2002, and 2008.
Civil Division, 2001 – 2002.
Criminal Division, 1997 – 2001.Associate Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2003.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/GUEST LECTURER
Bankruptcies and Foreclosures, A View from the Bench, sponsored by the Daily Business Review, February 18, 2011, approved for CLE and CJE creditWhat Civil Judges Want you to Know, sponsored by the National Business Institute October 17, 2008, approved for CLE creditForeclosure Training Seminar, Opening Remarks, sponsored by AAA Arbitration, April 7, 2010.Panelist for The Florida Bar on Legal Ethics June 23, 2010, approved for CLE credit.

Speaker on Most Common Evidentiary Mistakes as Seen From the Bench, July 23, 2010 sponsored by the Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates.

It has further been my pleasure and honor to speak at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and most Voluntary Bar Associations in Broward County.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Broward County Bar Association, Former Member B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207, Charter Member & Board of DirectorsThe Florida Bar, Former Member of Criminal Procedure Rules Committee
AWARDS
Broward County Justice Association Award 2011; President’s Award for Willingness to take on any task Broward County Bar Association asks and ability to do it with style and professionalism, June 10, 2010; Outstanding Jurist Award, 2004. American Board of Trial Advocates, Ft. Lauderdale Chapter; Community Service Award for Outstanding Contribution Toward the Betterment of Life in Broward County May 11, 2009. Broward County Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, Broward County Justice Association, BCWLA, B’nai B’rith Justice Unit 5207, The Caribbean Bar Association, The Puerto Rican Bar Association, The Jewish Federation of Broward County; Stephen R. Booher Memorial Award, in Recognition of Humanity, Integrity, and Dedication to the Bench, Bar and Community, June 11, 2009; Wheelchair Foundation Award; University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association’s Achievement Award, March 12, 2009; Judge of the Year, May 16, 2010. Margate Association of Condominiums.