Judiciary

Chief Judge Jack Tuter

Judicial Assistant: Mercedes Pacifico
Phone Number: (954) 831-7576
Chamber: WW20170
Courtroom: WW15150
Division: 7
Zoom Meeting ID: 319-670-946

GIUSEPPINA MIRANDA

Judicial Assistant: Carol Hermiston
Phone Number: (954) 831-7230
Zoom Meeting ID: 530-095-888
Chamber: WW13137
Courtroom: WW13162
Division: 52

KIM THERESA MOLLICA

Judicial Assistant: Michele Morgillo
Phone Number: (954) 831-7835
Zoom Meeting ID: 296-793-853
Chamber: WW5133
Courtroom: WW5155
Division: MT

Undergraduate School: St. John's University
Undergraduate Degree:  Bachelor of Arts – Public Administration
Law School: St. Thomas University School of Law
Florida Bar Admission: 7/2/1990

STEFANIE C. MOON

Judicial Assistant: Sheree Edwards
Phone Number: (954) 831-7710
Zoom Meeting ID: 815-731-156
Chamber: WW10135
Courtroom: WW10155
Division: 63

JOHN J. MURPHY III

Judicial Assistant: Jazmira Argueta
Phone Number: (954) 831-1648
Zoom Meeting ID: 379-192-417
Chamber: NW4910
Courtroom: NW4900
Division: FT/FX

TARLIKA NAVARRO

Judicial Assistant: Lisa Tucker
Phone Number: (954) 831-5614
Zoom Meeting ID: 873-944-477
Chamber: NW6820
Courtroom: NW6840
Division: FN

Courtroom Numbers:

11166 Family Cases, 10155 Domestic Violence Cases

SHARI AFRICK OLEFSON

Judicial Assistant: Joshua Carrasco
Phone Number: (954) 831-3736
Zoom Meeting ID: 384-498-770
Chamber: WW9138
Courtroom: WW9165
Division: JI/JN/31

MICHAEL J. ORLANDO (Unified Family - Delinquency Chair)

Judicial Assistant: Shawnta Mallard
Phone Number: (954) 831-6344
Zoom Meeting ID: 493-408-395
Chamber: NW5850
Courtroom: NW5840
Division: JC/JE

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

CHRISTOPHER W. POLE (County Criminal Chairperson)

Judicial Assistant: Wendy Miller-Yost
Phone Number: (954) 831-5597
Zoom Meeting ID: 942-855-9032
Chamber: WW5129
Courtroom: WW5150
Division: MH

Undergraduate School: Medical College of Georgia
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Physical Therapy
Law School:  Nova Law School
Prior Positions: Private Practice
Florida Bar Admission: 5/15/1981

ARI ABRAHAM PORTH

Judicial Assistant: Makila Holmes
Phone Number: (954) 831-6905
Zoom Meeting ID: 652-374-798
Chamber: NW7790
Courtroom: NW7810
Division: FR/FZ

Undergraduate School: Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Political Science 1991
Law School: Nova Southeastern University, 1995
Prior Positions: Legislative Aide to US Senator Bob Graham, Washington, D.C. 1991-1992
Assistant State Attorney, Ft. Lauderdale 1995-2012
State Representative, District 96, Florida House of Representatives, 2004-2012
Florida Bar Admission: 1995
Community Involvement: B'nai B'rith Justice Unit, SEED School of Miami, Children's Home Society
Community Awards: HANDY Biggest Heart Award
TJ Reddick Bar Association Community Service Award
BCBA Paul May Professionalism Award
Broward County PTA Legislator of the Year
Florida School Social Worker Association Legislator of the Year
Broward Firefighters Legislator of the Year
Broward Partnership for the Homeless Legislative Advocacy Award
Legal Aid For the Public Good Legislative Award
Florida Children's Services Council Stepping Up For Children Legislative Award

JACKIE POWELL

Judicial Assistant: Peggy Rhadigan
Phone Number: (954) 831-0308
Zoom Meeting ID: 606-672-692
Chamber: S226
Courtroom: S230
Division: 61/SC

MILY R. POWELL

Judicial Assistant: Marlene Henderson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7785
Zoom Meeting ID: 755-572-920
Chamber: WW15131
Courtroom: WW12178
Division: 60J

CARLOS S. REBOLLO

Judicial Assistant: Elizabeth Viera
Phone Number: (954) 831-7708
Zoom Meeting ID: 125-331-275
Chamber: NW4850
Courtroom: NW4840
Division: JD

Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Political Science
Law School:  The Drake University Law School
Other Degrees:  Juris Doctorate
Prior Positions: Law Office of Carlos S. Rebollo, Assistant State Attorney Broward County, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, Law Clerk to the Honorable John J. Dios, Associate to the Summerville, Radding and Campbell law firm.
Florida Bar Admission: 10/1/1987
Community Involvement: Organizations supported
American Cancer Society
Broward County Crime Commission – Member of the Advisory
10-13 Club (Retired NYPD Officers)
Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida
Hispanic Unity of Florida – Judicial Adisor
City of Hope Kings Point – End Breast Cancer
Handy
Pace School for Girls
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Hillel International
Dania Beach Lions Club
Community Awards:
– 2006 Commendation presented by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, for tremendous contribution as an Assistant State Attorney in the fight against Organized Crime in South Florida.
– Speaker Broward County Crime Commission May 2015
Child on Child Sexual Abuse Conference.
– Keynote Speaker Broward County Crime Commission December 2015 School
Resource Officers of the Year Awards Breakfast.
– Honorary Irish Person of the Year bestowed by The Emerald Society of Ft. Lauderdale March 2016.
– 2015 Certificate of Appreciation from Excelsior Artz Preparatory School for participation in Career Week, February 6, 2015.
– 2013 Certificate of Appreciation from the Florida Law Related Education Association High School Mock Trial Competition.
– 2013 Certificate of Appreciation from the Broward History Fair, March 1, 2013.
– 2010 Certificate of Service from the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 2004 – 2010.
– 2010 Commendation by the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for outstanding 20 years of service to Broward County.
– 2003 Commendation presented by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, for leadership and dedication to Operations Goodfellas and Crossover.
– 2001 Commendation presented by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, for dedication, effort and accomplishments in the Career Criminal Unit.
– October 1991 recognized as Prosecutor of the Month in the Felony Trial Unit by the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

ALBERTO RIBAS JR.

Judicial Assistant: Jackie Sargiotto
Phone Number: (954) 831-6907
Zoom Meeting ID: 686-285-652
Chamber: WW9129
Courtroom: WW9175
Division: JO/32/JJ

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 1991
Law School: Nova Southeastern University
Other Degree: Juris Doctor, 1995
Prior Positions: Assistant State Attorney, February 1996 to February 2016
Florida Bar Admission: 10/26/1995

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

STACY ROSS

Judicial Assistant: Chela Iverson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7396
Zoom Meeting ID: 186-476-648
Chamber: NW5820
Courtroom: NW5810
Division: JB/HT

MICHAEL I. ROTHSCHILD

Judicial Assistant: Kim Cox
Phone Number: (954) 831-7888
Zoom Meeting ID: 930-694-338
Chamber: WW11131
Courtroom: WW11158
Division: 44

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Law School: Nova Southeastern University
Prior Positions: Assistant Public Defender, Associate at Larry S. Davis, P.A., Associate at Colodny, Fass; Associate at Glantz Law

ELIZABETH SCHERER

Judicial Assistant: Diana Kugler
Phone Number: (954) 831-7044
Zoom Meeting ID: 588-516-153
Chamber: NW7760
Courtroom: NW7750
Division: FJ

Undergraduate School: Florida State University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English
Law School: University of Miami
Prior Positions:  Assistant State Attorney, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, 2001-2012
Florida Bar Admission: 9/14/2001
Community Involvement: Board of Directors Voices For Children, Board of Directors Saint Anthony Catholic School Friends For Education, Volunteer Faculty Member at Saint Anthony Catholic School
Community Awards: 2013 Judicial Advocate of the Year, Guardian Ad Litem

LOUIS H. SCHIFF

Judicial Assistant: Alicia Ray
Phone Number: (954) 831-7839
Zoom Meeting ID: 294-767-991
Chamber: N144
Courtroom: N3
Division: NA/71

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Law School: Mitchell-Hamline School of Law (formerly known as Hamline University School of Law)
Florida Bar Admission: 4/2/1981
Community Involvement: Harvey Ford Award (judge of the year) presented by the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida; Civics in Action Award, presented by the Broward County League of Women Voters; Adult Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Broward County Public Schools; Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented by Hamline University School of Law for Ethical Leadership and Service; SABR Baseball Research Award, presented by the Society for American Baseball Research; Businessperson of the Year, presented by the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce.

STACEY SCHULMAN (Unified Family - Dependency Chair)

Judicial Assistant: Kim Oliva
Phone Number: (954) 831-7628
Zoom Meeting ID: 556-448-344
Chamber: WW9137
Courtroom: WW9160
Division: JM/30/JH

Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science – Industrial and Labor Relations
Law School: University of Miami School of Law
Prior Position: Assistant State Attorney – 17th Judicial Circuit (2002-2011)
Morgan & Morgan – Associate (2011-2012)
Greenspoon Marder – Associate (2012-2014)
Florida Bar Admission: 4/19/2002
Community Involvement: B'Nai Brith Justice Unit #5207 – President (2017-2018), Board Member (2015-present)
Jewish Federation of North America – National Young Leadership Cabinet (2012-2018)
Jewish Federation of North America National Board – Governance and Bylaws Chair (2016-present), Trustee (2014-present), Legal Committee Chair (2013-2016)
Jewish Federation of Broward County – Board of Directors (2011-present)
Broward County Bar Bench Bar Committee (2011-present)
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17C (June 2011-May 2014)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (volunteer since 1994)
Achilles Track Club Marathon Guide (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
Community Awards: Law Alumni Leadership Award – University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association (2014)
Leaders in Law Finalist – Lifestyle Magazine (2014)
Unsung Hero Award – Jewish Family Services of Broward County (2010)
John and Douglass Gross Community Service Award – Jewish Federation of Broward County (2008)
Prosecutor of the Month – 17th Judicial Circuit (December 2005, October 2006)
Mission Possible Award – National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2003)

ANDREW L. SIEGEL (Admin. Judge Circuit Criminal)

Judicial Assistant: Sabrina Albert
Phone Number: (954) 831-6348
Zoom Meeting ID: 789-349-686
Chamber: NW7880
Courtroom: NW7870
Division: FK

MINDY F. SOLOMON

Judicial Assistant: Laura Gonzalez
Phone Number: (954) 831-7691
Zoom Meeting ID: 735-441-388
Chamber: WW5135
Courtroom: WW5160
Division: MD

Undergraduate School: SUNY College at Buffalo
Undergraduate Degree: Criminal Justice
Law School: NSU College of Law
Prior Positions: Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender
Florida Bar Admission: 10/29/1981

MARK (Senior Judge) SPEISER

Judicial Assistant: Radhika Wildman
Phone Number: (954) 831-7704
Zoom Meeting ID: 990-901-272
Chamber: S214
Courtroom: S210
Division: 60

Undergraduate School: Rice University
 Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Political Science
Law School:Wake Forest University School of Law
Prior Position: Owner, Law Offices of Raag Singhal
Partner, Kaplan & Singhal
Assistant State Attorney, Broward County
Associate, Fleming, O'Bryan & Fleming
Florida Bar Admission: 9/25/1989
Community Involvement: American Inns of Court
Federalist Society
Broward County Bar Association
Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee
Judicial Education
Community Awards: South Asian Bar Association
Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Inns of Court

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

MICHAEL A. USAN

Judicial Assistant: Debra Marshall
Phone Number: (954) 831-1678
Zoom Meeting ID: 883-035-672
Chamber: NW7820
Courtroom: NW7780
Division: FP

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. (1984 Political Science / Russian Area Studies)
Law School: Wake Forest University School of Law
Other Degrees: J.D. 1987
Prior Positions:  Captain, United States Air Force; Judge Advocate General's Department
Assistant State Attorney, Broward County
Partner, Murawski and Usan, P.A.
Law Offices of Michael A. Usan, P.A.
Florida Bar Admission: 12/1/1987
Community Involvement: Faculty, Florida Judicial College
Faculty, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies
Faculty, American Heritage Pre-Law Program
Coach, Volunteer, Board of Directors: Coral Springs American Little League
Coach, Volunteer: Florida Scholastic Hockey League
Community Awards: USAF Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal

MARIYA WEEKES

Judicial Assistant: Pam Coe
Phone Number: (954) 831-7797
Zoom Meeting ID: 712-673-701
Chamber: NW4820
Courtroom: NW4810
Division: FG

ELIJAH H. WILLIAMS

Judicial Assistant: Gina Trentacosta
Phone Number: (954) 831-6974
Zoom Meeting ID: 141-559-967
Chamber: NW7850
Courtroom: NW7840
Division: JA

Honorable Elijah H. Williams, (1959 – ) Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Elijah Harold Williams attended Walker Elementary School, Broward Estates Elementary School, Parkway Middle School and South Plantation High School (1972 – 1976) in Broward County, Florida.

In 1976, at the age of 16, Elijah entered the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1980. Upon winning a $26,500 graduate fellowship, he entered both the University of Florida’s graduate program and law school concurrently and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree in August 1983. Six months later, he was admitted to the Florida Bar.

In October 1984, he was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate General’s Department and sent to Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. While stationed at Lowry AFB, he served primarily as the Chief of Preventive Law/Legal Assistance. In October 1986, he was reassigned to RAF Bentwaters, England. For the initial six months of the tour, he served as the Chief of Civil Law. In March of 1987, he became the Chief of Military Justice. In this position, he managed the military justice program for the largest tactical fighter wing in the USAF and served as a prosecutor at court-martials and a government representative at administrative discharge boards. In March 1988, Captain Williams authored the lead article for the United States Air Force Law Reporter (“DNA Fingerprinting – Into the 21st Century”). In 1989, he was selected to be the Area Defense Counsel. This was a prestigious position, which entailed constant travel across the European continent defending military members accused of major crimes. Additionally, for a three (3) year period, Captain Williams was an Adjunct Assistant Professor for both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maryland. As such, he taught two college legal courses each term.

Also, in 1989, Elijah won a Toastmaster’s International regional speech contest and was selected as one of Great Britain’s ten (10) best public speakers.

In July 1990, Captain Williams resigned from the United States Air Force and was appointed an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. As a result, he prosecuted criminals for offenses ranging from DUI to 2nd degree murder. He left his position as a prosecutor in December 1992, and was hired by the Law Firm of Whitelock, Soloff and Rodriquez in January 1993, to serve as an assistant General Counsel to the Sheriff of Broward County. He was made a partner in the law firm on January 2, 1995.

On May 1, 1998, Elijah Williams transitioned into the Broward Sheriff’s Office as an employee and managed, in an interim status, the Legal and Risk Management Departments. In that capacity, he managed a staff of twenty (20) people, to include six (6) attorneys.

In November 2001, Elijah applied to become a circuit judge and was one of many attorneys seeking to fill a judicial vacancy. As one of six nominees selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission, his name was forwarded to Governor Jeb Bush. On March 1, 2002, Governor Bush appointed Elijah Williams to Broward’s Circuit Court. Judge Williams presided over adult felony criminal cases for a period of four (4) years. On April 3, 2006, Judge Williams assumed his current division, where he presides over juvenile delinquency cases.