FJA Legislative Committees

The Florida Justice Association’s legislative committees are very active. FJA proposes proactive legislation that benefit our members and their clients, and attempt to amend or defeat unfavorable legislation.
To accomplish this, we have several legislative committees whose mission it is to help set FJA’s proactive legislative agenda, draft any proactive legislation that the FJA would like to pursue, assist in drafting position papers on issues and to act as an advisory group during the session on issues within the expertise of its members. Committees are created whenever a specific need arises, or, as with medical malpractice and insurance, need continual oversight.

Active legislative committees for the 2018-2019 year are:
  • Legislative Committee (oversees all committees)
    Chair: Leslie Mitchell Kroeger, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Auto Insurance Committee 
    Chair: Brent Steinberg, Tampa
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Machinery Committee
    Chair: Jim Guanieri, Tampa
    Vice-Chair: Will Ourand, Orlando
  • Bad Faith Committee 
    Chair: Greg Yaffa, Palm Beach Gardens
    Vice-Chair: Brandon Cathey, Tampa
  • Cigarette Litigation Committee
    Chair: Jimmy Gustafson, Tallahassee 
    Vice-Chair: Alex Alvarez, Coral Gables
  • Construction Litigation Committee
    Chair: Barry Ansbacher, Jacksonville
  • General Insurance Committee
    Chair: Matt Foster, Tallahassee​
  • Human Trafficking Committee
    Chair: Richard Slawson, Palm Beach Gardens
    Vice-Chair: Nicole Whittaker, Tallahassee
  • Limitations in Medical Payments (LIMP) Committee
    Chair: Jim Magazine, New Port Richey 
    Vice-Chair: Damian Mallard, Sarasota
  • Medical Malpractice Committee 
    Co-Chairs: Kevin Smith, West Palm Beach, and Steve Cain, Miami
  • Nursing Home Committee
    Chair: Nathan Carter, Orlando
    Vice-Chair: Steve Watrel, Jacksonville
  • Opiates
    Chair: Alex Gillen, Orlando​
  • Property Insurance Committee  
    Chair: Jason Lamoureux, Brandon
    Vice-Chair: Jason Mulholland, Tampa
  • Proposal for Settlement Revision Committee
    Chair: John Mills, Tallahassee
    Vice Chair: Rick Kolodinsky, Daytona Beach
  • Rules and Statutes on Evidence and Procedure Committee
    Chair: Dan Iracki, Jacksonville
    Vice-Chair: Wayne Hogan, Jacksonville
  • Sovereign Immunity/Claims Bill Reform Committee
    Chair: Todd Michaels, Coral Gables
  • Workers' Compensation Committee 
    Chair: Richard Chait, Miami

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the Chairperson of the committee or Lynn McCartney in the FJA Legislative Department. We need your help and welcome your participation.