I just learned that two very able bankruptcy lawyers from Florida are leaving private practice to further distinguish themselves as bankruptcy judges for the Southern District of Florida. Congratulations to John Olson, formerly of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson in Tampa, who was appointed to the bench in Fort Lauderdale, and Laurel Isicoff, from Miami’s Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton (they run ABI’s BAPCPA Blog), who was appointed to the bench in Miami.
Ms. Isicoff will be the Southern District’s first woman bankruptcy judge! Amen!
The Miami Herald reports this on their recent appointments:

Isicoff and Olson were each appointed to serve 14-year terms by the 12-judge 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. They will earn annual salaries of $151,984 [health and pension benefits aren’t too bad either]. The appointments increase the number of bankruptcy judges in South Florida to seven. The two new positions were authorized by Congress last year to address the increased case load in South Florida, according to Norman Zoller, an official with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

© Steve Jakubowski 2006