FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - JANUARY 2023




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Court Connection: e-Edition

The Court is proud to share the e-edition of the Court Connection.

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Local Bar Events


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Local Bar Associations

News and events from your local bar association



By: Amy Leitch, Esquire

Akerman LLP


Events, Events, Events!

Upcoming Luncheons

The JBBA is partnering with Judge Burgess, Scott Bomkamp, and Gene Johnson (our Vice President!) to host a lunch-and-learn. The topic will be Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) lenders, and our esteemed panelists will delve into recent case law developments involving MCA lenders and preference claims.

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By: Kateryna V. Vykhodets

Tejes Law, PLLC

The OCBA Bankruptcy Committee has started 2023 strong. On February 28, 2023, the OCBA hosted a virtual CLE—Making the Most of Your Appraiser Expert Witness.

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The TBBBA Wins Grants for Pro Bono Legal Service and the C.A.R.E. Program

By: Barbara A. Hart, Esquire

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.

In tribute to our mentor, friend, and first president, Don Stichter, the TBBBA has focused much of its attention this year on improving service to pro se parties and to our Tampa Bay community.

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By: Jonathan M. Bierfeld, Esquire

Martin Law Firm

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday and start to the New Year as we continue to recover from Hurricane Ian.

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Editors:  Bradley M. Saxton & C. Andrew Roy Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.

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New Year


Message from the Clerk Sheryl Loesch

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. What’s even harder to believe is that COVID is still in the news. In reflecting on the 2022 calendar year, I’d like to think of it in positive terms; however, that is far from the case where our Court is concerned. Sadly, we lost our wonderful and much-beloved Judge Michael G. Williamson. Our Court family will be missing him for a very long time, but his memory and the impact he had the Court will live on forever.

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in memorian

In Memoriam Chuck Kilcoyne

By: Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

Chuck Kilcoyne, who served as the Tampa Division’s Deputy-in-Charge from 1987 to 2015, died peacefully on October 29, 2022.  Chuck began his career with the United States Air Force in 1968 as a Legal Specialist in the Judge Advocate General’s Office at MacDill Air Force Base. 

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Judge's Corner

Judge's Corner


Williamson Tribute

A Separate Tribute for Judge Williamson to Follow this Edition

Judge Hopkins

Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins Appointed to United States District Court,

Southern District of Ohio

By: Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

The judges of the Middle District congratulate our colleague, Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins, on his appointment as United State District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio! Judge Hopkins, who was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio in 1996, served as a visiting judge in the Fort Myers Division from July 2011 through June 2012.

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McEwen Former Intern


Judge McEwen Swears In Former Intern

On December 16, 2022, Judge McEwen administered the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar to Krystle Cacci. Krystle had spent time as a Federal Judicial Graduate Extern with Judge McEwen before going on to become a Senior Attorney of the Appellate Division and Assistant Director of Pro Bono Operations with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office



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