Governor Rick Scott Appoints McConnaughhay Partner M. Kemmerly Thomas to the First District Court of Appeal

June 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of M. Kemmerly Thomas to the First District Court of Appeal.

Thomas, of Tallahassee, has been an Attorney and Senior Partner with McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern & Thomas, P.A., since 1991. She has represented employers of all sizes and industries throughout both Florida and Georgia for the past 25 years and is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by The Florida Bar.

“In selecting Kem for this post, Governor Scott has recognized one of the state’s brightest and most dedicated lawyers who will utilize her wealth of knowledge and experiences to best serve Florida’s citizens and businesses seeking redress in the appellate court,” said the firm’s founding partner Jim McConnaughhay. “Kem has been an invaluable asset to our clients, our profession, the industry and our firm for many years. We are honored and excited Governor Scott is giving her this opportunity to further demonstrate her talents, expertise and passion for the law as she serves in our state’s judicial system.”

Thomas received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, Northeast Louisiana University and her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Ronald V. Swanson. She has been given the “AV Preeminent” rating by her peers through Martindale Hubbell.

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