Florida Governor Announces Four Appointments

Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) Governor Ron DeSantis announced the following appointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions.
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

  • Pedro M. Allende previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and law degree from the University of Florida.  Allende is appointed for a term ending July 1, 2023.
  • Jesus M. Suarez is a partner at Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A. in Miami.  His practices include the areas of business litigation, bankruptcy, and governmental law.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Loyola University Chicago and his law degree from the University of Florida.  Suarez is appointed for a term ending July 1, 2024.
    Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Pedro F. Bajo, Jr. is a partner at Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel, P.A., a boutique law firm in Tampa that specializes in all aspects of trial and appellate law.  Bajo previously served as the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Chair from 2009 to 2010 and as a member from 2006 to 2010.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Southern Methodist University and his law degree from Florida State University.  Bajo is appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2024.
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Camille Coolidge Shotwell owns a law firm, Coolidge Law Group, P.A., that specializes in commercial real estate and family law in Fort Lauderdale.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and law degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law.  Shotwell is appointed for a term ending July 1, 2024.