Judge Nelly N. Khouzam named chief judge-elect
For Immediate Release 1/14/2019
Contact: Jo Haynes, Marshal
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.