MIAMI, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raquel "Rocky" A. Rodriguez, who served as General Counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and currently serves as Managing Member of McDonald Hopkins LLC in Miami, was elected chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the state's Third District Court of Appeal for a term ending in July 2017.
The Commission, which consists of nine commissioners who are constitutional officers responsible for nominating up to six persons for vacancies on the district court, has been tasked to provide Florida Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the resignation of Judge Frank Shepherd. The Third District Court of Appeal's jurisdiction covers Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Rodriguez was originally appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by the Governor in 2011, and reappointed in 2015 for a four-year term. She brings particular expertise to the nominating commission, having served as General Counsel to former Gov. Bush and advising him with respect to over 200 judicial appointments. Rodriguez's practice includes complex business litigation, international dispute resolution, government relations and investigations.