Tennessee fighter goes up against St. Pete native for Pinellas judgeship listen06/07/12 Janelle Irwin
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And in continuing coverage of contested judicial candidates in Pinellas and Pasco counties, weâ€™ll here from the final two. Brian Battaglia and Kim Campbell are running for the 6th Circuit Court Group 31. Battaglia is the former Secretary for the St. Petersburg Bar Association and former adjunct professor of law at Stetson.
â€œI understand the great impact that the court system has on our daily lives. Iâ€™ve practiced for 26 years and Iâ€™ve been involved in the community during that period of time.â€
â€œI believe that experience matters when youâ€™re running for circuit court judge and thatâ€™s something that you have to look at. I have 26 years of experience handling many cases that a circuit court judge handles. Iâ€™ve also been involved in the community as I mentioned. Iâ€™ve handled cases that have included, complex property disputes, employment matters, business disputes, trust and probate, and post conviction proceedings which have included fundamental constitutional rights.â€
â€œIâ€™ve also represented clients pro-bono including the circuit and appellate level and I received the 6th judicial circuits pro-bono award from the Florida Bar and Iâ€™m AV rated. My experience includes arguing cases at every level of the court system including the Supreme Court of Florida. In addition to my commitment to the law, Iâ€™m committed to my community and public service.â€
And Kim Campbell is a board member of the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce and a community volunteer with organizations like Boy Scouts of America and the Teen Court program.
â€œIâ€™m originally from Tennessee and Iâ€™m the first in my family to receive an advanced degree and only one of four to graduate college.â€
â€œI began my law career as a trial attorney with the Assistant State Attorneyâ€™s office here in Pinellas and Pasco. I gained valuable trial experience with misdemeanors, felonies as well as being a member of the Jimmy Rice team which is the civil commitment of the sexually violent predator.â€
â€œI continued to work as a litigator focusing primarily on family law, criminal defense. I also sit as a special master for the Pinellas County special licensing board and sit as an adjunct professor for St. Pete College.â€
â€œSince that time I have attained an AV rating through Martin Dell Hubble which is the highest rating you can get from your peers as well as just recently completing my tenure as president of the Clearwater Bar Association which is a position elected by over 900 attorneys and paralegals.â€
â€œIâ€™m also very proud to say that I hold a black belt in Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts and I am a former womenâ€™s self defense instructor having competed in Argentina.â€
Both candidates spoke last month at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon in St. Petersburg.