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JUDGE MARK W. KLINGENSMITH

Judge Klingensmith

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida (1982)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Florida (1985)

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Fourth District Court of Appeal; commissioned on August 12, 2013.
  • Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to Circuit Court, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit; commissioned on July 18, 2011; elected 2012.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Florida Bar Board Certified (Civil Trial 2001; re-certified 2006, 2011)
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010)
  • Shareholder, Sonneborn Rutter Cooney & Klingensmith PA, West Palm Beach, FL (1992-2011)
  • Junior Partner, Metzger Sonneborn & Rutter PA, West Palm Beach, FL (1990-1992)
  • Associate, Metzger & Sonneborn PA, West Palm Beach, FL (February 1986-1990)
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, Nova Southeastern University (Winter 1997)

LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Florida Bar (admitted 1986)
  • State Bar of California (inactive) (admitted 1986)
  • United States Supreme Court (admitted 1991)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (Trial Bar) (1988-2012)
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (1988-2012)
  • Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (2011-2013)
  • Martin County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Justice Major B. Harding Inns of Court (Master)
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, University of Florida (President 1984-1985)

FLORIDA BAR COMMITTEES:

  • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, The Florida Bar (2003-2009)
  • Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, The Florida Bar (1997-2003)
  • Steering Committee, Florida Civil Trial Practice, The Florida Bar Publications (1997-present)
  • Grievance Committee for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (1997-2000; 2003-2005) (Chairman, 2000)

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Town of Sewall's Point, FL
    • Mayor (2010-2011)
    • Vice-Mayor (2009-2010)
    • Commissioner, (2008-2009)
  • University of Florida Law School Board of Trustees (2011-Present)
  • University of Florida Law Alumni Council (President 2006-2007)
  • Florida Blue Key, University of Florida
  • University of Florida Alumni Association (Life Member)
  • District Chairman, Treasure Coast District, Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America (2008-present)
  • Executive Board, Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America (2008-present)
  • Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County (2011-2013)
  • Executive Roundtable of St. Lucie County (2011-2013)
  • Board of Directors, Palm Glades Girl Scout Council (1993-1999)

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Editor-in-Chief, Florida Journal of International Law, University of Florida College of Law (1984-1985).
  • Author: Opening Statements, Florida Civil Trial Practice (8th Ed., 2010; 9th Ed., 2012), The Florida Bar Publications.
  • Author: Attorney-Client Relationship, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial (7th Ed., 2004; 8th Ed., 2009; 9th Ed., 2011; 10th Ed., 2013), The Florida Bar Publications.
  • Author: “In Celebration of Constitution Day”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (September/October 2012)
  • Author: “Trial Practice and Civility: In Pursuit of Good Manners”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (November/December 2012)
  • Author: “Are fewer trials a good thing? The jury is still out”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (January/February 2013)
  • Author: “Appropriate Courtroom Dress”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (March/April 2013)
  • Author: “Law Day: Celebrating the Rule of Law”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (May/June 2013)
  • Author: “Mentoring”, Friendly Passages, Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County (July/August 2013)
  • Author: “Deposing the Plaintiff's Economic Damages Experts”, The Defense Speaks: FDLA Defense Manual (1st Ed., July 2006).
  • Author: “Compensatory Damages Slashed by Florida Court: The Impact of First Healthcare Corp. v. Estate of Barnes”, Nursing Home Legal Insider, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (September 1999).
  • Author: “The Five Myths of Nursing Home Litigation”, LRP Publications (1998).
  • Author: “Addressing the Younger Person in Jury Selection”, Personal Injury Verdict Reviews, Vol. 6, Issue 8 (April 13, 1998).
  • Author: “Ten Years of Medical Malpractice Reform: Brickbats and Bouquets”, FDLA Trial Advocates Quarterly (Winter 1997).
  • Author: Medical Malpractice Litigation, Florida Keystone, Lawyer's Desk Library of Practice (1996).
  • Co-author: “The Hospital's Risk From Innkeeper to Insurer”, Florida Bar Journal (July-August 1986).

CHAMBERS STAFF:

  • Judicial Assistant: Kim Gardner
  • Law Clerk: Patrick Meekison
  • Law Clerk: Shannon Timmann