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:


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


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.

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