Coleman, 44, of Clearwater, has practiced law since 1994. From 1994-1997, he served as an assistant state attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and from 1997-2007 he was partner with Kwall, Showers, and Barack, PA. Since 2007, Coleman has served as associate general counsel for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Coleman received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge W. Lowell Bray. “Flip has demonstrated knowledge and commitment to the law throughout his legal career. I am proud to appoint him to the Sixth Judicial Circuit bench and I am confident he will continue to serve the citizens of Pinellas and Pasco County with enthusiasm and a commitment to the rule of law,” Scott said in a press release.