For further information please contact:

Jeffrey K. Fuller, Esquire
Interim General Counsel – Fifth Judicial Circuit

Lake County Courthouse
550 W. Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 253-1603

Effective July 1, 2015, the Chief Judge is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of private attorneys to represent children with certain special needs pursuant to s. 39.01305, F.S.

As with other court appointments, these appointments are pursuant to a registry. As designated by the Chief Judge, the Office of the General Counsel is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of attorneys to represent children with certain special needs. The attorneys approved for this registry must execute the same JAC Agreement for Attorney Services executed by other registry counsel. In order to receive compensation for this type of appointment, the order of appointment must reflect that the child meets one of the criteria specified in s. 39.01305, F.S. The authority of the court to appoint compensated counsel is limited to the five categories set forth in the statute.

Before appointing an attorney for compensation, the court must appoint a pro bono attorney who is willing to represent the child without additional compensation, if one is available. The appointing court is required to consult with the GAL in attempting to locate a pro bono attorney. If a pro bono attorney cannot be located or a recommendation is not provided with 15 days, the court is authorized to appoint compensated counsel. The order of appointment must reflect that the court was unable to appoint a pro bono attorney.

The following individuals have been approved to be added to the Fifth Circuit Registry and entered into a contract with the JAC to be appointed for Children with Certain Special Needs In accordance with 39.01305, F.S.

AMBROSE, Elliott
Bar ID: 3409
Counties: Hernando
lawofficeelliottambrose@gmail.com

BOYD, Summer
Bar ID: 330360
Counties: All
lawofficeofsummerboyd@gmail.com

LYNUM, Edward J.
Bar ID: 18484
Counties: Sumter, Citrus
ej@onecounsel.us

MCALLISTER, Bowdre M.
Bar ID: 51095
Counties: All
bowdremc@yahoo.com

MOORD, Stacy M.
Bar ID: 086527
Counties: Hernando
stacy.moord@gmail.com

MORCROFT, Heather
Bar ID: 709859
Counties: Lake, Sumter
hmorcroft13@gmail.com

MULLIGAN, Christopher
Bar ID: 47524
Counties: Citrus, Sumter, Hernando
cmulligan@naturecoastlawyer.com

NEW, Carl S.
Bar ID: 776173
Counties: Marion
csnewesq@aol.com

REYNOLDS, Shannon
Bar ID: 622761
Counties: Marion
Shannon.Reynolds.esq@gmail.com

RODRIGUEZ, Karen
Bar ID: 98756
Counties: Lake, Sumter
krodlawfirm@gmail.com

SMITH, Brenda H.
Bar ID: 717657
Counties: Lake, Marion, Sumter
Brenda.atty@gmail.com

SMITH, Scott
Bar ID: 9695
Counties: Citrus, Hernando
scotttsmithpa@gmail.com

ZABRISKI, Lana
Bar ID: 88887
Counties: Hernando
lana.zabriskie@yahoo.com

ZANDECKI, Jason
Bar ID: 85610
Counties: Hernando
jason.zandecki@gmail.com

For further information please contact Stephanie Jennings at the Office of the General Counsel
(352) 754-4860

***Please note: It is the responsibility of the JAC to maintain and update this list. While the Fifth Circuit will make every attempt to keep this list current, please visit the JAC website for the most current information at: https://www.justiceadmin.org/registry/mregistry.aspx?show_div=3

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