01 Civil Division

Circuit Civil

The Circuit Civil Division judges preside over cases where the alleged damages exceed $15,000 and are filed by an individual, business or government agency. The Circuit Civil Division has jurisdiction over a broad category of cases, including tort cases, contract disputes, products liability and malpractice cases, infringements of intellectual property, enforcement of non-compete contracts, and petitions for injunctive relief. Circuit Civil Division judges also hear county to circuit appeals. Within the Circuit Civil Division is a complex business court, two complex tort divisions and a mortgage foreclosure division. Judges currently presiding in the Circuit Civil Division are:

MARTIN BIDWILL

Judicial Assistant: Barbara Ranalli
Phone Number: (954) 831-7091
Zoom Meeting ID: 232-523-414
Chamber: WW16133
Courtroom: WW16160
Division: 5/27

JOHN B. BOWMAN

Judicial Assistant: Adele Granata
Phone Number: (954) 831-6362
Zoom Meeting ID: 763-453-911
Chamber: WW15135
Courtroom: WW15165
Division: 02

Undergraduate School: Florida Atlantic University
Undergraduate Degree:  Bachelor of Public Administration
Law School: St. Thomas University
Prior Positions: President, Bowman, Richardson & Tynan, PA
Florida Bar Admission: 2/19/1988
Community Involvement: Since 1980, active in numerous community and governmental organizations
Community Awards: 2007 Community Advocate of Year Broward, Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program

Judge Bowman is a lifetime resident of Broward County. He was elected to
the Circuit Court in 2002.
Prior to his election to office, Judge Bowman was in private practice. He
headed a civil practice law firm with a concentration in probate and estate
administration and litigation. Judge Bowman was admitted to the Florida
Bar in 1988 and was “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a Phi Theta
Kappa Scholar and graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law.
Judge Bowman presently serves in the Circuit Civil Division, and was
previously assigned to the Unified Family Dependency Division. He was the
Judicial Representative for the Broward County Bar Association 2008-2009,
and for the One Community Partnership, a federally funded project to
coordinate mental health services throughout Broward County.
Judge Bowman has served as an Associate Judge on the Fourth District Court
of Appeals and is on the Florida Bar Civil Procedures Rules Committee.
In 2007, he was awarded the Community Advocate of the Year for Broward
County by the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem program.
Judge Bowman was the 2014-2015 President of the Stephen Booher American
Inns of Court. He has been the chair of the Broward National Adoption Day
committee for the past 14 years.
He is the 2017 Jurist of the Year, as presented by the Young Lawyers Division
of the Broward Bar.

Frequently asked questions for Uniform Motion Calendar:

FABIENNE E. FAHNESTOCK (Unified Family - Family Chair)

Judicial Assistant: Katarzyna Zielinski
Phone Number: (954) 831-7336
Zoom Meeting ID: 605-014-865
Chamber: WW11125
Courtroom: WW11152
Division: 35/19

KEATHAN B. FRINK

Judicial Assistant: Karena Griffiths
Phone Number: (954) 831-7395
Zoom Meeting ID: 647-324-402
Chamber: WW16127
Courtroom: WW16155
Division: 12

Undergraduate School: Florida State University
Undergraduate Degree: Criminal Justice
Law School: University of Florida Levin College of Law
Other Degree: College of Law
Prior Position: Partner: Kelly Kronenberg
Florida Bar Admission: 9/19/2000
Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters; March of Dimes; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ANDREA RUTH GUNDERSEN

Judicial Assistant: Claudia Navas
Phone Number: (954) 831-7870
Zoom Meeting ID: 852-787-101
Chamber: WW11129
Courtroom: WW15160
Division: 11

Undergraduate School: Boston University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Law School: Nova University School of Law
Prior Positions: Law Offices of Andrea R. Gundersen, P.A. – President/Owner
Florida Bar Admission: 9/24/1992
Community Involvement: Dania Beach Lions Club, Board of Directors; Davie Woman's Club
Community Awards: Florida Super Lawyer 2015, 2016 & 2017; Florida Legal Elite 2013, 2014 & 2015; BCBA Professionalism Award 2012; Dania Lions Club President's Award 2014

 

DAVID A. HAIMES

Judicial Assistant: Christine Kortabani
Phone Number: (954) 831-7755
Zoom Meeting ID: 111-475-745
Chamber: WW16125
Courtroom: WW16170
Division: 08

Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
 Undergraduate Degree: BBA — Accounting
Law School: Other Degrees: Notre Dame Law School
Prior Position: Assistant U.S. Attorney, DOJ Civil Tax Trial Attorney, Assistant State Attorney, Federal Judicial Law Clerk
Florida Bar Admission: 10/25/1993
Community Involvement: Schools, Church, Youth Sports

WILLIAM W. HAURY JR.

Judicial Assistant: Iliana Silva
Phone Number: (954) 831-0608
Zoom Meeting ID: 598-494-885
Chamber: WW14125
Courtroom: WW14170
Division: 18

PATTI ENGLANDER HENNING

Judicial Assistant: Jennifer Castaneda-Sheehan
Phone Number: (954) 831-7787
Zoom Meeting ID: 735-583-281
Chamber: WW16129
Courtroom: WW16150
Division: 26

JEFFREY R. LEVENSON

Judicial Assistant: Alissa Quintero
Phone Number: (954) 831-7817
Zoom Meeting ID: 109-129-436
Chamber: WW16135
Courtroom: WW16175
Division: 09

Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Degree:  Bachelor of Arts
Law School: University of Maryland School of Law
Prior Positions: Assistant United States Attorney,  Southern District of Florida
Florida Bar Admission: 1/13/1984
Community Involvement: Rotary Club of Downtown Fort Lauderdale

NICHOLAS LOPANE

Judicial Assistant: Luisa Prieto
Phone Number: (954) 831-7608
Zoom Meeting ID: 135-647-283
Chamber: WW14129
Courtroom: WW14155
Division: 03

Undergraduate School: Boston University
Undergraduate Degree: Political Science/Classics
Law School: Florida State College of Law
Prior Positions: Office of the Attorney General; Goren, Cherof, Doody, Ezrol and Cirullo; General Magistrate
Florida Bar Admission: 9/1/1994
Community Involvement: Lector, St. Anthony’s Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
– Member, Advisory Board, Broward Children’s Center
– Board Member, Advisory Board, HANDY (Helping Abused and Neglected
Dependent Children)
– Member, Broward County School Board Advisory Council;
– Member, Rotary Club
– Broward County School Board – STARS Academy- Mentor
– Former Volunteer, Wildlife Care Center
– Former Volunteer, Broward County Big Brothers/Big Sisters
– Sponsor, Weston District VIII Community Councils’ “Christmas in July”
– Member, St. Thomas More Society for Lawyers
– Board Member, Italian-American Lawyers Association
– Board Member, Italian-American Cultural Center
– Board Member, Advisory Board, HANDY (Helping Abused and Neglected
Dependent Children)
– Children’s Services Council, Rating Board Member, 2004
– Mentor, HANDY “Fighting Chance” Boxing and Fitness Club for children in the dependency system
Community Awards/Recognitions: 2011 Golden Nugget Community Service Award, Mount Bethel Human Services; 2003 Heart Award for Outstanding Public Official; 2004 Summit Award for Excellence from the Dependency Court Improvement Summit; 2000 Award for Exemplary Contribution to Broward Children and Families from Broward Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse; 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 JAFCO (Jewish Adoptions and Foster care Options) judicial recognition; 2001 finalist for the William Gladstone Award for outstanding statewide Judicial Officer; Restoration Youth Ministries Community Service Award; 2002 Justice for Children “Making a Difference Award”; 2002 Award for Exemplary Contribution from the Broken Heart Foundation.

SANDRA PERLMAN

Judicial Assistant: Samantha Broderick
Phone Number: (954) 831-7779
Zoom Meeting ID: 726-619-094
Chamber: WW16131
Courtroom: WW16165
Division: 04

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Broadcasting
Law School: University of Florida, College of Law
Prior Positions: Assistant Public Defender, Broward County, Florida, Public Defender’s Office; Assistant District Attorney, Santa Clara County, California, District Attorney’s Office; Associate, Topel and Goodman, P.A., San Francisco, California; Summer Law Clerk to Honorable Mimi W. Dawson, Federal Communications Commissions, Washington, D.C.; Judicial Law Clerk Intern to Honorable Daniel S. Pearson, Third District Court of Appeals, Florida; News Reporter for ABC’s Affiliate W.C.J.B., Weekend Edition of Dateline News, Gainesville, Florida.
Florida Bar Admission: 1985
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Admission:  1986
California Bar Admission: 1988

CAROL-LISA PHILLIPS (Admin. Judge Circuit Civil)

Judicial Assistant: Maria Diamond
Phone Number: (954) 831-7554
Zoom Meeting ID: 975-531-891
Chamber: WW15127
Courtroom: WW15175
Division: 25

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Law School:  Nova Southeastern University
Prior Positions: Civil Trial Litigation (1990-2003)
Certified Legal Intern-State Attorney's Office (1989)
Florida Bar Admission: 10/3/1989
Community Involvement: Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale, Past President
(Terrific Kids Program, Co-chair, literacy program, Board of Director)
Hospice Hundred, Board of Director
Sister Cities International, Parliamentarian and Board of Director
Pine Crest School Board of Advisor
PAWS: Auxillary of the Humane Society
HANDY: Helping Abused Neglected Dependent Youth
UF Alumni Association
American Bar Association, Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Florida Bar Association: Committee on Professionalism
Broward County Bar Association: Law Day Committee
Florida Worker's Compensation Insurance Guarantee Association, Board of Director
Graduate of the Citizens Police Academy

MICHAEL A. ROBINSON

Judicial Assistant: Mairale Dyson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7258
Zoom Meeting ID: 571-442-299
Chamber: WW14131
Courtroom: WW14150
Division: 13

CARLOS AUGUSTO RODRIGUEZ

Judicial Assistant: Lizette Marciniak
Phone Number: (954) 831-0667
Zoom Meeting ID: 277-567-705
Chamber: WW14127
Courtroom: WW14175
Division: 14

Undergraduate School: FURMAN UNIVERSITY
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., MAGNA CUM LAUDE; PHI BETA KAPPA
Law School: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE
Other Degrees: FORT LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
Prior Positions: Broward Chief Assistant Public Defender; Private Practice Fazio, Dawson and DiSalvo and Carlos A. Rodriguez, P.A.
Florida Bar Admission: 10/23/1980
Community Involvement: Prior Chairman, Broward Human Rights Board; Prior Chairman, FLorida Bar Grievance Committee 17E; Prior Board of Director, The Hundred Club and Prior Board of Director, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Community Awards: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Judge of the Year 2013

MICHELE TOWBIN SINGER

Judicial Assistant: Amanda Bates
Phone Number: (954) 831-7825
Zoom Meeting ID: 919-2602-8850
Chamber: WW15125
Courtroom: WW15170
Division: 21

Undergraduate School:Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, cum laude
Law School: Boston University School of Law
Prior Positions:  1985-1987-Attorney at Emens, Hurd, Kegler and Ritter.
– Practiced corporate and securities transactional law.
1988-2006 Assistant Public Defender at Dade County Public Defender's Office.
-“A level” trial attorney whose caseload consists primarily of first degree and life felonies. Additional responsibilities include supervision and mentorship of three other lawyers. Practiced in Juvenile, County and Circuit Court.
-Experience as Training Attorney, responsible for supervising and teaching attorneys new to Circuit Court.
-Over 100 trials
-Litigated thousands of motions
-Conducted thousands of depositions
-Identified treatment needs of clients with mental illness
Florida Bar Admission: 12/3/1987
Community Involvement: Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts
Board of Governors, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse
Board Member, Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals
Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law
Law school internships and mentorships
Host public and private school courthouse tours
Coordinate the annual Broward County High School Mock Trial Competition
Board Member of Harmony Development, a non-profit organization that works with the court system to keep at-risk juveniles out of the court system

JACK TUTER (Chief Judge)

Judicial Assistant: Mercedes Pacifico
Phone Number: (954) 831-7576
Zoom Meeting ID: 319-670-946
Chamber: WW20170
Courtroom: WW15150
Division: 07
Complex Business and Tort Litigation The Complex Business and Tort Divisions of the 17th Judicial Circuit were created by Administrative Order in 2004. The divisions were created to manage difficult, time consuming and complicated business and tort cases. The divisions were created to promote the efficient case management of cases requiring extensive judicial labor. The tort divisions generally handle cases taking more than (10) days of trial and include Engle tobacco litigation; complex products liability cases; medical malpractice cases and any other tort cases needing extensive judicial management. The complex business court handles complex class action cases, dissolution of certain business entities, assignment for the benefit of creditor cases, and management of large business and construction litigation cases. The complex tort and business divisions manage cases which general civil division judges do not have adequate time to devote the resources necessary to manage and try.

Cases can be filed directly in the complex business division. Tort cases may be transferred into a complex division. All requests to transfer a tort or business case from a general circuit civil division must meet prerequisites of the Administrative Order governing transfer of cases to the complex division.

See,  Establishing Procedures for Direct Filing or Reassignment of Circuit Civil Cases to a Complex Business or Complex Tort Division

If all Counsel are in agreement as to a case being transferred to a complex division, a hearing may not be necessary. Simply submit the motion to transfer to the Court. If the Court finds the matter meets criteria, the case may be reassigned accordingly.

Any party objecting to a transfer of a case to a complex division must be placed on the Division (07) Wednesday Motion Calendar by the Court’s Judicial Assistant. Please e-mail the Court at div07@17th.flcourts.org with the style of the case, a notice of hearing setting forth which date the matter is to be heard and a copy of the motion to transfer. The Court will place the matter on the transfer docket and confirm with all counsel.

New Courthouse Technology – The west Courthouse has new technology for presentation of video and other imaging. To view how to use the equipment please follow link: How to use Equipment 

Practices and Procedures for judges assigned to any complex division maybe seen  here 

These practices and procedures assist the party’s and their counsel information on setting hearings, trial calendars, filing of motions and other procedures set out to promote the efficient case management of complex cases.

Presiding judges over Complex Business and Tort Litigation are:

Hon. Chief Judge Jack Tuter Division (07)

Hon. Judge Patti Englander Henning Division (26)

Mortgage Foreclosure

Foreclosure is the enforcement of a mortgage lien by judicial sale of the property. A mortgage lien is created when there is a loan contract for money borrowed under a note. This loan is secured by the mortgage lien upon real property. When the debt is not paid according to the loan contract terms, or when other contract terms are violated, the lender can pursue its lien on the property. If you represent yourself and are served with a writ of eviction or other notice in a pending Foreclosure case the procedures for scheduling a hearing can be found here: Foreclosure Instructions.

Presiding Judges in the Mortgage Foreclosure Division

Judge Barry Stone

Judge Joel Lazarus

Unit Case Manager Supervisor Jacquline Mullins