Ron DeSantis Announces Picks for Judicial Nominating Commissions, Judicial Qualifications Commission

This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions.

First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Shelley Reynolds, of Pensacola, is an Attorney at Law Office of Shelley Guy Reynolds. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and her law degree from Florida State University. Reynolds is appointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2026.

Second Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Natalie Christmas, of Tallahassee, is Assistant Attorney General of Legal Policy for the Office of the Attorney General. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. Christmas is appointed for a term ending July 1, 2026.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Hunter Norton, of Sarasota, is a Partner at Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree from Regents College and his law degree from the University of Miami. Norton is reappointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2026.

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Charles Reynolds II, of Tampa, is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes, LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Mercer University. Reynolds is appointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar for a term ending July 1, 2026.

Also, this week, DeSantis announced the appointment of Jonathan Bronitsky and Michelle Montanaro to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is charged with investigating allegations of misconduct of justices and judges. The governor must appoint non-attorneys to the fifteen-member commission.

Jonathan Bronitsky

Bronitsky, of Delray Beach, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Athos Media Strategies, LLC. Previously he served as Principal Director of Public Affairs, Policy, and Research for the U.S. Agency for Global Media and the Deputy Director of Communications for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in addition to his roles as the Chief Speechwriter for U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr and Senior Advisor for at the U.S. Department of Justice. Bronitsky is appointed for the remainder of a term expiring on December 31, 2026.

Michelle Montanaro

Montanaro, of Tallahassee, is a Paralegal at Shutts & Bowen, LLP. Previously she served as a Judicial Assistant at the Second Judicial Circuit Court. Montanaro is appointed for the remainder of a term expiring on December 31, 2026.

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