Welcome TimStanton - New TPA Mediator
This week, we announce change in the TPA District Office. Kathleen Ronnenberg has been a mediator in Tampa for about 12 years. She leaves us next month for new opportunities. We wish her well on her new endeavors and we welcome another new state mediator to District TPA. This calendar year has already seen new mediator appointments in Daytona, Miami, and West Palm Beach.
In August, Tim Stanton will join the OJCC in the Tampa District Office. Tim is a former Navy First Class Petty Officer; he served six years in the Navy and then was a manager and supervisor in southeast Florida for several years, eventually deciding that law practice was right for him.
Tim is a 1997 graduate of the University of Florida Law School. Tim began his legal career in workers’ compensation defense with the Boehm, Brown, Seacrest, et. al. firm, in their Ocala office. He practiced trial and appellate workers’ compensation. He left the defense practice about a year later, joining Daniel Hightower in claimant’s practice, also in Ocala. Throughout a five year practice with that firm, he remained engaged in workers’ compensation both trial and appellate.
In 2003, he was certified as a Circuit Court Mediator. He opened his own mediation business spent the next six years focused on mediation, primarily focusing on workers’ compensation cases. In 2009, his practice evolved to include workers’ compensation litigation in addition to his mediation responsibilities.
The Tampa District Office has seen significant change and challenges in recent years. The retirement of Judge Murphy and the loss of a state mediator position are two notable examples. As a result, the mediation team in TPA was challenged with two mediators covering the docket for three judges. With the appointment of Judge Murphy’s replacement, Judge Massey, however, the workload in TPA was reallocated to two judges, with Judge Murphy undertaking a predominately Miami District caseload by videoteleconference. Mr. Stanton’s experience with the challenges of workers’ compensation litigation and his many mediation experiences will be a welcome addition to the TPA team.
I have said it repeatedly, no key employee is easy to replace. Kathleen Ronnenberg is no exception, and we will miss her in TPA. However, I am confident that the public and practitioners will welcome Mr. Stanton to District TPA and that he is certainly up to the challenge of mediating the many complex and interesting issues that are part of the workers’ compensation practice.
Welcome Mr. Stanton to the OJCC. We are proud to have him joining us and I am confident that you will find him experienced, familiar with the issues, and up to the challenge of mediating your cases.