Gov. Rick Scott appointed Key West attorney Edwin A. Scales, III to the Third District Court of Appeal, which issues rulings on Monroe County criminal and civil court appeals.
Scales is the first Monroe County lawyer appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal bench since its creation in 1957, according to the governor's office.
Scales, 47, has overseen his own law firm since 2000, and been of counsel with Gray Robinson since 2003. His practice consists primarily of commercial and appellate litigation.
Scales is currently the general counsel for the Florida Citrus Commission, vice chair of the Florida Keys Community College Board of Trustees, vice chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.
Previously, Scales was the general counsel for Historic Tours of America, and practiced with Lane, Trohn, Clarke, Bertrand, and Williams, and served as a Key West city commissioner.
Scales received his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Florida. Scales fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Angel A. Cortinas.
"Ed has demonstrated a strong command of the law through his decades of legal experience and public service," Scott said. "I am confident he will be a superior judge and will serve Florida's families with honesty, integrity and true devotion to the rule of law."