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UPDATE: Lawyers choose Judge Scott Janowitz as the MORE QUALIFIED Candidate

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Experienced. Fair. Dedicated to Justice for All.

Judge Scott Janowitz was born and raised in Miami with his parents and sisters. He attended Pinecrest Elementary School, Southwood Middle School, and Ransom Everglades High School. Service and education were important to Judge Janowitz as his parents were in the medical field and his father was the first person in the family to go to college.

Judge Janowitz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, with a concentration of Social Decision Systems. For the next three years, he became a business and technology consultant, transforming businesses through the use of technology.

Desiring more service, Judge Janowitz attended law school at the University of Miami, graduating in December 2005. He then served as an Assistant State Attorney, prosecuting hundreds of cases and becoming a Division Chief. He supervised young lawyers and tried dozens of cases with crimes from DUI to homicide.

Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Janowitz worked at several firms, including founding his own small-business law firm to help private citizens and small businesses. He focused on insurance litigation and criminal defense. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated in both Insurance and Criminal law, which means he was peer recognized for having the highest levels of integrity and skill. Judge Janowitz is licensed as an attorney in all state and federal courts in Florida, as well licensed in the states of Colorado and Georgia.

Due to his character, skill, and many years of attorney experience of over 85 jury trials as an attorney, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Judge Janowitz to the County County bench in April 2020, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Judge Janowitz was assigned to the County Civil division, where he has presided over thousands of cases.

Judge Janowitz immediately showed his dedication to the community. He helped transition the court system to Zoom, to allow for access to the courts to the entire community. He developed an eviction dispute resolution portal (courtHELP) for Miami-Dade County to combat the housing crisis facing the community.

Judge Janowitz has recently presided in over 60 trials. He was appointed as an Associate Administrative Judge for County Civil within a year of taking the bench; it is truly a remarkable feat that demonstrates the competency and dedication of Judge Janowitz.

Judge Janowitz is active in the legal community, participating in numerous voluntary bar associations. He has served the Florida Bar by being a member of the Legal Needs of Children Committee, chairing the Direct Filing Subcommittee. Presently Judge Janowitz is a member of the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee. He is a lifelong member of Temple Beth Am, and is active in his West Miami city and his children's public school. He is happily married to his wife Yonah for over 8 years, and has three beautiful children - 6-year-old twins Shelby and Nathan, and 3 year old Marcus. Their "first-born" is Kanie, a 12-year-old rescued German Sheppard.

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Reasons to Keep Judge Scott Janowitz for County Court, Group 42

ACCOMPLISHMENTS ​AS JUDGE

  • Appointed Associate Administrative Judge for County Civil within 1 year of taking the bench

  • Developed an eviction dispute resolution portal (courtHELP) for Miami-Dade County and secured funding through the Board of County Commissioners

  • Reduced division caseload 35% during the pandemic

  • Procedurally changed how PIP cases are handled, which has directly led to a 50% decrease in the amount of time small claims cases take to get resolved

  • Involved member and frequent presenter for numerous voluntary bar associations and in the community

  • Presided over 60 trials with no appellate reversals

  • Appointed to the Florida Bar Code & Rules of Evidence Committee

 

 

 

 

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JUDGE SCOTT JANOWITZ

  • Born and raised in Miami and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Miami School of Law

  • 16 years of legal experience, including being a prosecutor and small-business law firm owner representing individuals and other small businesses with insurance claims

  • Former Business and Technology Consultant helping pivot the courts to Zoom

  • Served on the Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee (co-chaired the Direct Filing Subcommittee)  for the Florida Bar

  • ONLY CANDIDATE IN GROUP 42 with civil experience, judicial experience,  or an AV-rating (Judge Janowitz is AV-rated in both Insurance and Criminal Law

  • Licensed as an attorney in Florida, Colorado, and Georgia

  • 86 jury trials as an attorney (MOST IN GROUP 42)

  • Happily married for over 8 years with 3 wonderful children and a rescue dog (German Shepherd) 

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ENDORSEMENTS

South Florida Police Benevolent Association
Save Dade
South Florida AFL-CIO
United Teachers of Dade
United Faculty of Miami Dade College
Puerto Rican Bar Association
Service Employees International Union Local 1991
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

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