Monday, October 22, 2018

Orlando Office Relocates

In the 1970s there was a sitcom of note. As did most televisions shows in that era, the Jeffersons came with a theme song. This one was entitled "Movin on Up." And I am reminded of that tune as the Orlando District Office moves this week from 400 West Robinson Street in downtown Orlando to our new location just over the Seminole County line: 

Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
225 S. Westmonte Drive, Suite #3300
Altamonte Springs, FL, 32714
407-961-5805

During the week of October 22, 2018 proceedings are likely to occur at the West Robinson Street office. Parties and attorneys should rely on communications from the presiding judge or mediator in this regard. Towards the end of the week, proceedings may instead be conducted at the new Westmonte Drive location. And, beginning the week of October 29, 2018 all proceedings will be at Westmonte Drive. 

Those who have experienced parking difficulties at the old Orlando office location will be pleased with the ample parking available at Westmonte Drive. On a recent visit there, over 100 vacant parking spaces were counted. 

Attorneys may have to make some adjustments. Primary among these will be the realization that OJCC judges and staff will be in secured office areas, and not generally accessible to the public. That is consistent with the evolution of OJCC office arrangements in recent years, but is a departure from the historical arrangements. Dropping in on staff to check on orders or filings is a thing of the past, and attorneys should adapt to checking the electronic platforms for such questions. 

We hope that everyone is better served with the new location. We invite you to come by and visit the the new Orlando District Office!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

August JCC Nominees Announced

The Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims met in Orlando on Monday, August 20, 2018.
The Commission nominated the following Judges for reappointment:

Hon. William Holley, Jacksonville
Hon. Ralph Humphries, Jacksonville
Hon. Nolan Winn, Pensacola

The Commission nominated the following applicants for the position in Ft. Lauderdale:

Jeffrey Breslow - OJCC Mediator, Ft. Lauderdale
David M. Goehl - Martinez, Roman, Goehl, P.A., Biscayne Park
Michael James Ring - Law Office of Michael J. Ring, Pompano Beach

The Commission nominated the following applicants for the positions in Tampa:

Position One:

Brian Anthony - Anthony Law Office, Tampa
Lawrence Anzalone - Burnetti, P.A., Lakeland
Rita Lawton Young - OJCC Mediator, St. Petersburg

Position Two:

Brian Anthony - Anthony Law Office, Tampa
Tonya Ann Oliver - Bichler, Oliver, Longo and Fox, Tampa
Rita Lawton Young - OJCC Mediator, St. Petersburg


Friday, July 27, 2018

Applicants for Judicial Positions July 2018

The Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet in Orlando on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center, 8701 World Center Drive Orlando, Florida 32821 (room to be announced). The applicants for reappointment are:


Hon. William Holley, Jacksonville
Hon. Ralph Humphries, Jacksonville
Hon. Nolan Winn, Pensacola

The applicants for the position in Ft. Lauderdale are:

Jeffrey Breslow - OJCC Mediator, Ft. Lauderdale 
David M. Goehl - Martinez, Roman, Goehl, P.A., Biscayne Park
Rosalind Rae Milian - Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A., Miami
Michael James Ring - Law Office of Michael J. Ring, Pompano Beach

The applicants for the positions in Tampa are:

Brian Anthony - Anthony Law Office, Tampa
Lawrence Anzalone - Burnetti, P.A., Lakeland
Mark Greagory Capron- Mark G. Capron, P.A., Bartow
Tonya Ann Oliver - Bichler, Oliver, Longo and Fox, Tampa
Merette Leigh Oweis - Dixon and Associates, Tampa
Rita Lawton Young - OJCC Mediator, St. Petersburg

Friday, April 6, 2018

Six Florida Judges Reappointed

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointments of six Judges of Compensation Claims:


Judge Eduardo Almeyda, 71, of Miami, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Miami District since 2013. He previously served as a mediator for the State of Florida, as an adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University School of Law, and in private practice. Almeyda received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University.

Judge Robert Dietz, 59, of Sebastian, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Melbourne District since 2014, and also teaches at Barry University School of Law as an adjunct professor. He previously was in private practice and specialized in mediation and workers’ compensation. Dietz received his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School.

Judge Iliana Forte, 52, of Miami, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Fort Lauderdale District since 2014. She previously worked for the City of Miami and was in private practice. Forte received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Miami.

Judge David Langham, 53, of Gulf Breeze, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Pensacola District since 2001, as has also served as Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims since 2006. He is an adjunct instructor for Pensacola State College, and previously was in private practice. Langham received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

Judge Neal Pitts, 63, of Orlando, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Orlando District since 2009, and previously was in private practice. Pitts received his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College, master’s degree from the University of Florida, and law degree from Ohio Northern University.

Judge Margaret Sojourner, 64, of Orlando, has served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the Orlando District since 2010, and previously was in private practice. Sojourner received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florid and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Gainesville and Tallahassee Judges Named

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Jacquelyn L. Newman and Timothy S. Stanton as Judges of Compensation Claims for the Tallahassee and Gainesville Districts.

Newman, 47, of Tallahassee, is an attorney with Pennington, P.A. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Florida State University. Newman fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Lazarra in the Tallahassee District.

Stanton, 60, of Alachua, is a mediator with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his law degree from the University of Florida. Stanton fills the vacancy in the Gainesville District.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Help Wanted - Mediators


State Mediators Wanted
GAINESVILLE and SARASOTA Districts Office

Position posted on www.peoplefirst.com
Vacancy is immediate. Application deadline is
March 14, 2018

Senior Attorney/State Mediator-OJCC

Date: Feb 28, 2018

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608 (Requisition No: 31122; Position Number: 72003557)

Location: SARASOTA, FL, US, 34243 (Requisition No: 31123; Position Number: 72003594)

Agency: Division of Administrative Hearings

Working Title: Senior Attorney/State Mediator-OJCC - 72003557

Salary: $76,947.60

Posting Closing Date: 03/14/2018

Description:

This position is Mediator for the Judgers of Compensation Claims Office and mediates workers' compensation cases.

Qualifications:

Must be a member of The Florida Bar for at least 5 years, must have completed a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediation program and must be certified as a circuit civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.

Duties:
Below are examples of duties which may be assigned to this position by the supervising Judge:

Coordinating and setting mediation conferences with the OJCC, claimants, employers, carriers and their attorneys (if represented).

Conducting mediation conferences with the parties to contested workers compensation claims in an attempt to help resolve issues and settle claims.

Answer inquiries of parties regarding the workers’ compensation adjudication process and mediation process.

Provide input for the formulation of and amendments to the rules of procedure regarding the mediation process.

Maintain accurate records regarding the disposition of claims and preparing reports required by law or deemed necessary by the assigned JCC.

Traveling, where necessary, to conduct mediation conferences.

Successful completion of Level 2 background screening is required for all positions with the Division of Administrative Hearings.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nominees for Tallahassee Announced

The Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims met February 26, 2017 in Orlando. It recommended the reappointment of the following judges:


Robert Dietz (SEB)
Iliana Forte (FTL)
David Langham (PNS)
Margaret Sojourner (ORL)

The commission also nominated the following for the position in Tallahassee:

Stephen Andrews - Tallahassee, FL
Jacquelyn Lewis Newman - Tallahassee, FL
Todd Sanders - Tallahassee, FL