Governor Rick Scott Appoints Five to Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

7/15/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the following reappointment and appointments to the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Jamie J. Finizio-Bascombe, 44, of Sea Ranch Lakes, is a partner with Finizio and Finizio Law Offices P.A. She is reappointed for a term beginning July 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014.

Finizio-Bascombe has served as an arbitrator for the Florida Bar Association fee dispute program. She has handled bad faith insurance matters and represented both defendants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law.

Finizio-Bascombe is reappointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Georgette Sosa Douglass, 62, of Fort Lauderdale, is a self-employed attorney. She succeeds Clarence McKee and is appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

From 1999 to 2010, Sosa Douglass served on the Broward College District Board of Trustees, and from 2000 to 2002, she served on the Florida Bar Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. She was president of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents in 2004, president of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association in 1998, and president of the Broward County Women Lawyer’s Association in 1997. Sosa Douglass has served as pro bono family law counsel in family matters for indigent clients through Broward Lawyers Care. She received her bachelor’s degree from Schiller University in London, England, and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

William R. Scherer, 63, of Fort Lauderdale, is a founding partner of Conrad and Scherer L.L.P. He succeeds John Pisula and is appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014.

During his 25 years at Conrad and Scherer, he has supervised teams of legal experts in healthcare and malpractice law that served as General Counsel to the North Broward Hospital District. Scherer’s practice areas include civil rights, personal injury, first party insurance, product liability, commercial and banking, government and administrative, professional liability and government relations. He received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin College of Indiana, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.

Fred E. Karlinsky, 44, of Weston, is a shareholder for Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky and Abate P.A. He succeeds Michael Marcil and is appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

Karlinsky has practiced with the firm since 1993, except from 1996 to 1999, when he was chief legal officer and assistant executive director of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association. Previously, he held positions with the Florida House of Representatives, Florida Department of Community Affairs and as a law clerk for a trial judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. He currently serves as Florida counsel to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and general counsel for the Florida Property and Casualty Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

D. David Keller, 55, of Plantation, is president and a founding shareholder with Keller Landsberg P.A. He succeeds Timothy Bailey and is appointed for a term beginning July 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014.

Keller maintains membership in the Defense Research Institute, and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and has served the Florida Bar and local bar associations in various capacities. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, and his law degree from the University of Florida.

Keller is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

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