Nicole Menz of Vero Beach, Florida announces her candidacy for Indian River County Court Judge, Group 2.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve the justice system in a new capacity,” Menz said in making her announcement.

“My legal career has spanned 23 years including work as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.  These dual perspectives show the depth and breadth of my legal experience.  Having seen both sides confirms my ability to serve as a judge: dealing fairly with each case on its own facts.”

As an Assistant State Attorney for nearly 9 years, Menz prosecuted misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases, including jury trials in cases ranging from DUI to first-degree murder. Her tenure included service as the office’s County Court supervisor, providing her unique insight into the position she now seeks.  She has served as an instructor for both the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and the Vero Beach Police Department, and she currently serves as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing officer, presiding over civil traffic court cases.

In private practice for more than 14 years, Menz has represented the residents of Indian River County in criminal actions in both County and Circuit Courts.  In 2005, she became one of only 465 Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers in the State of Florida, designating her an expert in criminal law.  Her leadership and professionalism were recognized with her election to the Executive Board of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

“I have known and worked with Nicole for over 15 years,” said Louis “Buck” Vocelle, a long-time attorney in Vero Beach.  “As one of a very few board certified criminal trial lawyers, she has extensive experience in the courtroom and has earned the respect of her peers.  She has handled every case in a professional, ethical, and efficient manner.  She has the temperament, knowledge and skills to enable her to best serve the citizens of Indian River County. She will make an outstanding County Court Judge.”

Andrew Metcalf, a Vero Beach native and President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers believes Menz, who as an Assistant State Attorney, was one of the best trial lawyers that he ever tried a case against.

“Her passion, knowledge of the law and her desire to do not only what was just, but what was fair, was without reproach,” Metcalf said. “In private practice, she is steadfast in her commitment to the law and to her clients. Serving as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer, Nicole presides over cases from the bench. Very rarely does a judicial candidate come to the position already having experience hearing cases. Her broad range of experience makes her the most qualified candidate for County Court Judge.”

Menz moved to Vero Beach in 1995. She is married to Amy Dingler. The two are proud parents of Whoodles named Molly and Maddie.

“I look forward to the campaign process and the opportunity to present my qualifications and experience to the residents of Indian River County,” Menz added. “My campaign will always be positive and focus on the key issues of experience and temperament. I hope voters will see that the range of experience I bring to the bench represents a uniquely qualified choice for County Court Judge.”

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