• Jeff Cosby has achieved re-certification as a specialist in civil trial law for the third time and has now been board certified for 15 years.
  • New case on “notice” in slip and fall suits provides help to governmental agencies
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session to judges on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery in Palm Beach County.
  • Phil Wiseberg obtains a dismissal with prejudice on the eve of trial in property insurance case.
  • In Bryant v. Mezo, Carri Leininger obtained favorable opinion from the Fourth DCA recognizing the Plaintiff’s failure to disclose prior medical treatment was fraud and justified dismissal of the Plaintiff’s lawsuit.
  • Jim Williams intervened in complex construction/banking litigation on behalf of a local county obtaining a stay and potentially saving the county from a judgment that would have deprived the county of over a million dollars in collateral.
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery at the 19th Judicial Circuit to judges from St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
  • Lee Baggett and Jeff Cosby spoke at the Orlando Claims Conference on Exposing Financial Bias of Treating Doctors.
  • Carri Leininger obtains summary judgment for CGL carrier in coverage dispute arising out of a multi-million dollar construction defect case.
  • Jessica Gregory obtains summary judgment for Property Owners Association in ADA/FHA case.
  • Phil Wiseberg and Jim Williams obtain a defense verdict in an automobile negligence suit
  • Phil Wiseberg achieved dismissal of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of a local university…
  • Carri Leininger wins appellate victory in controversial juror texting case, Murphy v. Roth
  • Jim Williams succeeds with Palm Beach County jury returning defense verdict for half clients’ pre-trial offer


Nineteenth Circuit Court Civil Bench Judges – 2017

Martin County – Honorable Judge William L. Roby

Judge Roby was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge on January 21, 2000 by Governor Bush. Prior to his appointment, Judge Roby was a civil attorney practicing both personal injury and commercial litigation and was Board Certified in Civil Trial and Business Litigation.
Judge Roby has experience in all the circuit divisions and was the 19th Circuit Chief Judge from December 2004 to July 2009.

He will be taking over the circuit civil division in Martin County held by the Honorable Judge F. Shields McManus, who retired at the end of 2016.

St. Lucie County – Honorable Judge Janet C. Croom

Judge Croom was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge on January 8, 2015 by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to her appointment, Judge Croom was a solo private attorney practicing construction and commercial litigation and was Board Certified in Business Litigation and Construction Law. She also practiced with several Indian River County firms from 1997 to 2014.

Since her appointment, Judge Croom has been assigned to the St. Lucie County Circuit Civil division, taking over for the retired Honorable Judge Dwight Geiger.

Indian River County – Honorable Paul B. Kanarek

Judge Kanarek has been a Circuit Judge in the 19th Circuit since 1988. He was the Chief Judge of the 19th Circuit from 1997 to 2001. Prior to being on the bench, Judge Kanarek was a criminal defense attorney and an Assistant Public Defender.

Judge Kanarek has experience in all the circuit divisions and was placed in the Indian River circuit civil division in 2015.

Okeechobee County – Honorable Laurie E. Buchanan

Judge Buchanan was elected as a Circuit Judge in 2014 after being a hearing officer for the 19th Circuit since 2006. Prior, she practiced law on the Treasure Coast since 1995 handling family, criminal, and child abuse cases. In 1997, she was the 19th Circuit’s first full-time Guardian ad Litem attorney. Since her election, Judge Buchanan has been placed in the Martin County circuit family division, but will hold the Okeechobee circuit civil division starting in 2017, taking over for Honorable Judge Gary Sweet.