CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clearwater attorney and partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP has been appointed Chair of the Communications Committee of the Florida Bar Association’s Board of Governors. The primary functions of the Florida Bar are to regulate the practice of law in Florida and Florida’s more than 110,000 attorneys as an arm of the Florida Supreme Court; ensuring the highest standards of legal professionalism in Florida; and to protect the public by prosecuting unethical attorneys and preventing the unauthorized exercise of justice.
The primary responsibility of the Communications Committee of the Board of Governors is to ensure continuity and focus of the Bar Association’s internal and external communications in support of organizational and strategic objectives. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Governors on communications policies and programs, the communication effectiveness of strategic plans and goals, and the coordination of issues management and crisis communications. The committee supports the Florida Bar Association’s strategic plan by addressing short-term and long-term goals for member relations, media relations, and public relations. It also supports the communications priorities of the current leadership and the Supreme Court’s public information and education projects.
Florida Bar President Gary Lesser appointed Josh to this important position. As part of this appointment, Josh will also serve on the Executive Committee of the Florida Bar Association. President Lesser has tasked Josh and the Communications Committee with playing key roles in his two signature presidential initiatives. First, the Life’s Legal Moments campaign, which will focus on educating Florida citizens on why they should hire an attorney before making important life decisions. And second, the Florida Bar Association’s new mentoring program, which President Lesser promises will become the model mentoring program for attorneys nationwide. A program seen as widely available as more recent law school graduates choose to practice on their own without the benefit of in-house law firm mentoring programs.
Josh is a respected leader in the legal community having served as President of the Clearwater Bar Association. He currently represents the approximately 4,000 attorneys and judges of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which includes Pinellas and Pasco counties, on the Board of Directors of the Florida Bar Association. Josh is also on the board of directors of the Florida Bar Foundation.
Josh has risen to leadership on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar Association, including this appointment as Chair of the Board’s Communications Committee and Executive Committee. Because of Josh’s hard work for the BOG and the respect he has earned from his peers, Josh has been appointed to many important positions for the Florida Bar, including serving twice as Chair of the Screening Committee of the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Commission, including the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee. He has also been appointed to chair a number of Board subcommittees. In addition, he was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court as the sole counsel on the Supreme Court’s Working Group on Pre-Trial Technology Strategies.
Josh practices almost exclusively in the personal injury and other tort practice and has represented clients in almost every type of personal injury including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, liability cases, negligent security, dog bites, defective products and most other types of negligence actions with seriousness injuries. Josh also does personal counseling work related to individuals or companies being sued with no insurance and/or coverage issues.
During his law studies, Josh was selected for prestigious internships with then-Chief Judge of the Florida Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable David L. Levy, and with the US Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized for his legal skills and professionalism by several organizations including Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and the Clearwater Bar Association, which have received awards him his top honor, the 2016 Clearwater Bar Ralph Richards Award.
Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP is a full-service regional law firm with approximately 100 attorneys practicing from offices in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
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