Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Seven Judicial Appointments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a recent announcement, Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed seven new judges to various judicial positions in Florida. These appointments include one to the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Broward County Court, one to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, two to the Hillsborough County Court, one to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court, and one to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court.

Christopher Wigand of Plantation has been appointed as a Judge on the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court. Wigand is no stranger to the legal field as he has owned and operated The Wigand Law Firm since 2012. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Williams Hilal Wigand Grande. He holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University. Wigand will be filling the vacancy left by Judge Weekes' resignation.

Michele Ricca of Weston has been appointed as a Judge on the Broward County Court. Ricca brings with her years of experience as she has worked as a Partner at Boyd, Richards, Parker & Colonnelli P.L since 2010. She also previously served as a Partner at Cooney, Mattson, Lance, Blackburn, Richards & O'Connor P.A. Ricca holds a bachelor's degree from St. Thomas University and a juris doctor from the University of Miami. She will be filling the vacancy created by Judge Avalos' elevation.

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Logan Murphy of Tampa has been appointed as a Judge on the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Murphy is currently serving as a County Court Judge for Hillsborough County and has been in this position since 2021. Prior to that, he was a Shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctor from Vanderbilt University. Murphy will be filling the vacancy left by Judge Ficarrotta's resignation.

Christopher E. Brown of Apollo Beach has been appointed as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court. Brown has been serving as Senior Legal Counsel for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office since 2006. He also previously worked as an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the City of Tampa. Brown holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and a juris doctor from Syracuse University. He will be filling the vacancy created by Judge Hooi's elevation.

Matthew Felix of Tampa has been appointed as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court. Felix is currently a Partner at Felix, Felix & Baseman, LLC and has been in this position since 2016. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Older, Lundy & Alvarez, Attorneys at Law. He holds both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor from Florida State University. Felix will be filling the vacancy created by Judge Tompkins' elevation.

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Christopher H. Brown of Naples has been appointed as a Judge on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court. Brown is no stranger to the bench as he has been serving as a County Court Judge for Collier County since 2023. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Brown, Suarez, Rios & Weinberg P.A. He holds both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor from the University of Florida. Brown will be filling the vacancy left by Judge Hayes' retirement.

David Wainer of Ponte Vedra Beach has been appointed as a Judge on the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court. Wainer brings with him years of experience in the legal field, having served as Partner at Ford, Miller & Wainer P.A since 2001 and previously working as an Associate at Ford & Miller P.A. He holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a juris doctor from the University of Florida. Wainer will be filling the vacancy left by Judge Zambrano's resignation.

These appointments come as a result of various vacancies in the judicial system, including resignations and elevations. Governor DeSantis has carefully selected these individuals based on their qualifications and experience in the legal field. These new judges will play a crucial role in upholding justice and serving the people of Florida.

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