O. John Alpizar, Esquire Elected Representative of the Board of Governors for the 18TH Judicial Circuit Court

Palm Bay, FL, MARCH 30, 2012:  O. John Alpizar, Attorney at Law, has been elected by the lawyers from Brevard and Seminole County to serve as their representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court. He will serve a two year term starting in June 2012 following the annual Florida Bar Convention. John replaces Attorney Clifton McClelland, Jr. who served on the board for 10 years.

John said, “For over 33 years, I have had the privilege of serving the legal profession, not only as a practicing trial lawyer but also as a volunteer when asked to serve our profession in a volunteer capacity. I have always felt a strong commitment to the improvement of our system of justice and, more importantly, to maintaining open and equal access to the court.

Over those 33 years, I have served in a number of capacities wherein I was either, elected by my peers, nominated by the Board of Governors, and/or appointed by the governor of the state of Florida at the time.”

The 52-member Board of Governors is the governing body of the Florida Bar. It has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar, subject to limitations imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court was created by the legislature in 1967 and is composed of Brevard and Seminole Counties. The Circuit has one representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

According to John, “we are at a critical time, in the history of The Florida Bar. Membership is at an all-time high. The judiciary is under an unprecedented attack by the legislative branch, and the independence of the judiciary is at a critical point in Florida.”

John thanks the lawyers of Brevard and Seminole County that supported his candidacy for this very important position. “I will endeavor to work hard, to identify the difficult issues, and ask the difficult questions. It is important that the judiciary receive the support of The Florida Bar. It is important that the judiciary receive the funding that is necessary to be able to continue to administer justice. It is important that the courthouse doors always are open to all who seeks justice and that none be denied access to the court for any reason.” John also wishes to thank Clifton McClelland, Jr. for his years of service and support.

John is past President of the Brevard County Bar Association, an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association and a member of the American Association for Justice, The Florida Bar, and The Brevard and Seminole Bar Associations.

John has been helping Brevard, Indian River, and Central Florida victims seek justice for more than 33 years. He has obtained numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He has litigated and tried to verdict virtually every type of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death case including cases involving Automobile Accidents, Insurance Company Bad Faith and Trucking Accidents.

He has been inducted as a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and is among Florida’s Legal Elite, by Florida Trend Magazine. John is also the 2012 recipient of the Brevard County Bar Association Professionalism Award for an attorney in the private sector.