Judge Nelly N. Khouzam named chief judge-elect

Judge Khouzam

Second District

For Immediate Release 1/14/2019        

Contact: Jo Haynes, Marshal

(863) 940-6050

Nelly N. Khouzam Named Chief Judge

LAKELAND, Fla.— Judge Nelly N. Khouzam has been unanimously

elected chief judge of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal by her

colleagues. She will serve a two-year term that begins July 1, 2019,

succeeding the current chief judge, Edward C. LaRose. The court is

headquartered in Lakeland and has a branch in Tampa.

“It is an honor to serve as chief judge of the court. We have a talented

and highly dedicated group of judges, staff attorneys, and judicial

assistants, together with the clerk of the court and the marshal of the

court and their staff members. All are committed to serving the public

with the highest degree of professionalism and expertise. It is my

privilege to be designated as chief judge of such an outstanding court."

– Chief judge-elect Khouzam.

Judge Khouzam will become the district's thirty-third chief judge since the court became

operational on July 1, 1957. As chief judge, she will be responsible for all administrative matters

in the court.

Judge Khouzam received her B.A. degree in history from the University of Florida in 1979. She

received her J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors,

in December 1981.She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack R. Schoonover of the

Second District Court of Appeal. After her clerkship, she entered private practice where she

became a shareholder at Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal and Banker, P.A., and later at

Silberman and Khouzam, P.A. Prior to joining the Second District Court of Appeal, she served

for fourteen years as a circuit court judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

For Judge Khouzam's bio click here.