Several Jones Foster attorneys have been appointed or reappointed by Florida Bar President-Elect F. Scott Westheimer to serve on Standing Committees for the 2023-24 term effective July 1. The attorneys will use their experience to further the committees’ goals and enhance the important work of The Florida Bar.
Shareholder Joanne M. O’Connor is the newly appointed vice chair of the Federal Court Practice Committee which acts as the Bar’s liaison to the federal courts, federal bar organizations in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, and others interested in federal practice. It distributes to Bar members proposed changes to the federal rules, including local rules for Florida's federal courts, and publishes the Guide to Judicial Practices in Florida’s Federal Courts.
Joanne is the immediate past chair of the Business Litigation Certification Committee and will continue to serve as a committee member. The Business Litigation Certification Committee oversees the certification of qualifying applicants practicing in the business litigation area of law. Candidates must meet requirements including a written examination and peer review to ensure they possess the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism to receive the designation.
Shareholder Roberto M. Vargas and Of Counsel H. Adams Weaver have been reappointed to the Eminent Domain Committee. The committee seeks to study and stay informed about recent developments in the field of condemnation of private property for public use by governmental agencies or private companies that have the power of eminent domain. Adams is a former chair of the committee.
Associate Travis J. Foels has been newly appointed to serve on The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board to advise and assist the editorial staff. The board works closely with the Journal and News staff to develop articles of interest and concern to the profession and, as a reviewing board, selects for publication only the worthiest manuscripts.
Associate Zachary M. Rothman has been reappointed to both the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee and the Florida Probate Rules Committee. The function of these court rules committees is to carry out the mandate of Rule 2.140, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, concerning the proposal of new rules of procedure and changes to existing rules.