Rick Scott taps 5 as Judges of Compensation Claims


Gov. Rick Scott appointed five people Monday to be the newest Judges of Compensation Claims, who handle disputes over workers’ compensation. They are:

Frank Clark, 54, of Port Charlotte, an associate with All Injuries Law Firm, P.A. since 2007.

Clark was previously a sole practitioner from 1998-2007 and an associate with Shofi, Smith, Hennen, Jenkins, Stanley & Gramovot, from 1995-98. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and law degree from the University of South Florida.

Keef Owens, 42, of Orlando, an attorney with Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe since 2002.

He was a staff attorney for the 5th District Court of Appeal in 1998-2002. Owens received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University and law degree from the University of Florida.

Thomas Hedler, 42, of West Palm Beach, a partner with Wender, Hedler & Hesser since 2011.

He previously was a partner with Sternberg & Hedler from 2010-11 and an associate with Masnikoff & Sternberg in 2008-10. Hedler received his undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and law degree from Florida State University.

Jonathan Walker, 50, of Pace, a managing partner with Conroy Simberg since 2002.

He was an assistant county attorney in Walton County from 2000-01 and an assistant state attorney for the 1st Judicial Circuit in 1997-99. Walker received his undergraduate degree from University of West Florida and law degree from Samford University.

Gregory Johnsen, 46, of Pembroke Pines, a mediator for the State of Florida since 2006.

He also was a senior associate with Coia & Sutton, P.A. in 2002-06 and a senior associate with Valdes & Villaverde from 1995-2002. Johnsen received his undergraduate degree from Barry University and law degree from the University of Miami.

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