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Shaping Excellence, Building Community in Tampa Bay’s Federal Legal Sphere

DISCOVER THE FBA TAMPA BAY CHAPTER

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) Tampa Bay Chapter is committed to strengthening the federal legal system and advancing the administration of justice. Our mission is to serve the interests and needs of federal practitioners, both public and private, alongside the federal judiciary, fostering a dynamic community dedicated to the science of jurisprudence.

Meet the Dedicated Leadership Shaping Our Chapter

Anitra Clement

President

Shook, Hardy & Bacon
aclement@shb.com

Sarah Gottlieb

Treasurer

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
sgottlieb@sgrlaw.com

Ashley Gallagher

President-Elect

Johnson Jackson PLLC
agallagher@johnsonjackson.com

Soma Nwokolo

Secretary

United States Attorney's Office
soma.nwokolo@usdoj.gov

Gus Centrone

Vice-President

Kynes Markman & Felman
gcentrone@kmf-law.com

Jason Stearns

Immediate Past-President

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
jstearns@sgrlaw.com

United States District Judge
Virginia M. Hernandez Covington

Middle District of Florida

Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Caryl Delano

Middle District of Florida

United States Magistrate Judge
Anthony E. Porcelli

Middle District of Florida

United States Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed
Middle District of Florida

James E. Felman
Kynes Markman & Felman, P.A.

Jordan Maglich
Raymond James Financial

Eddie Suarez
Suarez Law Firm

Erin Jackson
Johnson Jackson PLLC

Kevin Napper
George C. Carr Memorial Award Chair
The Law Offices of Kevin J. Napper, P.A

Katherine Earle Yanes
Hon. Kovachevich National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Co-Chair
Kynes Markman & Felman P.A.

Kevin Johnson
Johnson Jackson PLLC

Lauren Pilkington-Rich
Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Peter King
Peter B. King Mediation

Jacqueline Simms-Petredis
Burr & Forman LLP

Erica Bartimmo
Non-Voting Board Member

Awards Chair
Citi

Caycee Hampton
Non-Voting Board Member

Judicial Law Clerks Chair
Carlton Fields

Beatriz Miranda
Membership Chair
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Greg Pierson
Social Media Chair
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Dana Robbins
Bankruptcy Committee Co-Chair
Burr Forman

Mamie Wise
Press Secretary
Office of the United States Attorney

Brandon Breslow
Civil Seminar Chair
Kynes Markman & Felman

Erik Johanson
Bankruptcy Co-Chair
Newsletter Chair
Erik Johanson PLLC

Michelle Moretz-Smith
Staying in the Game Chair
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Alison Preston
Young Lawyers Division Chair
Office of the Attorney General

Kyle Robisch
Communications Chair
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

David Wright
High School Essay Contest Chair
Carlton Fields

Thomas Burns
Appellate Chair
Burns, P.A.

Scott McClaren
Pro Bono Chair
Hill Ward Henderson

Melissa Murphy
Non-Voting Board Member
Staying in the Game Vice Chair
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Jon Philipson
Mentoring Chair
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Latasha Scott
Non-Voting Board Member

Appellate Vice Chair
Butler Weilhmuller Katz Craig LLP

Rachel Zysk
Judicial Recognition Chair
Suarez Law Firm

Alec Hall
Government Attorneys Liaison
Office of the Federal Public Defender

Jason Mehta
Judicial Recognitions Vice Chair
Foley & Lardner, LLP

Diego Pestana
Criminal & Government Investigations Chair
Suarez Law Firm

Mindi Richter
Intellectual Property Chair
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Libby Shaw
Non-Voting Board Member

Judicial Law Clerk Vice Chair
United States District Court of the Middle District of Florida

Appellate

Thomas Burns, Chair
Latasha Scott, Vice Chair
Judge Amanda Sansone
Sarah Gottlieb
Betty Miranda
Jarvis James
Mindi Richter

High School Essay Contest

David Wright, Chair
Judge Virginia Covington
Erica Bartimmo
Ellen Lyons
Latasha Scott
Mamie Wise

Law Clerk Committee

Caycee Hampton, Chair
Libby Shaw, Vice-Chair
Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone
Kathleen DiSanto
Jennifer Faggion
Ryan Hopper
Betty Miranda
Michelle Moretz-Smith

Civil Seminar

Brandon Breslow, Chair
Judge Anthony Porcelli
Erik Johanson
Jason Mehta
Greg Pierson
Mindi Richter
Robert Stines
David Wright

Criminal & Government Relations

Diego Pestana, Chair
Gus Centrone
Ron Hanes
Sylvia Irvin
Jason Mehta
Matt Mueller
Kevin Napper
Rhett Parker
Mark Rankin
Cara Rice
Candace Rich
Paul Sisco
Adam Schwartz
Eddie Suarez

Communications

Kyle Robisch, Chair
Erik Johanson, Newsletter
Michelle Moretz-Smith, Website
Greg Pierson, Social Media
Mamie Wise, Press Secretary

Staying in the Game

Michelle Moretz-Smith, Chair
Melissa Murphy, Vice Chair
Jennifer M. Faggion
Ashley Gallagher
Erin Jackson
Betty Miranda
Kevin Napper
Lauren Pilkington-Rich
Jacqueline Simms-Petredis
Katherine Yanes
Meaghan Maus

High School Summer Camp

Soma Nwokolo, Chair
Judge Virginia Covington
Judge Julie Sneed
Ara Ayvazian
Brandon Breslow
Kiese Hansen
Cindy Innocent
Ellen Lyons
Michelle Moretz-Smith
Jensen Rehn
Libby Shaw

Young Lawyers Division

Alison Preston, Chair
JR Boyd
Erik Banuchi Andrey Burin
Caroline Calavan
Amy Currotto
Alex Diamond
Samantha Gerencir
Ashley Grabowski
Audrey Gangloff
Delton Gunn
Allen Huang
Eliza Horne
Ben Lima
Meaghan Maus
Chris Pate
Kalia Preston
Molly Schindler
Paige Williams