Gov. Rick Scott appoints Christopher Pole to Broward bench

Governor Rick Scott announced late Friday the appointment of Christopher W. Pole to the Broward County Court in Fort Lauderdale.

Pole, 60, of Plantation, has been a sole practitioner since 1988. He previously practiced with Conroy, Simberg and Lewis and was in-house counsel for the AIG Insurance Company while practicing with the Law Office of Allene Nicholson from 1985 to 1987.

He was an assistant state attorney with the Broward State Attorney’s Office from 1981 to 1985.

Pole’s most publicized recent case was defending Randy W. Tundidor, a Plantation man convicted of murdering his landlord, Joseph Morrissey, two years ago.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Medical College of Georgia and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University Center for the Study of Law.

“Over his long career, Chris has gained the respect and accolades of his fellow lawyers and his community,” Governor Scott said. “He possesses the integrity, discipline and dedication that will make him a valuable public servant and jurist.”

Pole will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Lisa von Tefs.

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