Julie S. Sneed

United States Magistrate Judge




Biography:

Julie Simone Sneed was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida on June 15, 2015. Judge Sneed received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1991 and her Juris Doctor, with honors, in 1994 from the Florida State University College of Law. After law school, Judge Sneed served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James D. Whittemore, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd, State of Florida, Second District Court of Appeal. Prior to her appointment to the Court, she worked in private practice handling complex civil litigation as a partner at Akerman LLP and Fowler White Boggs Banker, P.A. She also worked in private practice as a litigation associate at Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill, and Mullis, P.A.


Judge Sneed is a past president of the Tampa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the George Edgecomb Bar Association. She previously served on the board of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. She is currently a Master of the Judge Clifford J. Cheatwood American Inn of Court. Judge Sneed is a recipient of the Judge George C. Carr Memorial Award from the Federal Bar Association for excellence in federal practice and has published articles including "Enforcing Proposals for Settlement and Offers of Judgment in Federal Court: Mission Impossible?" Co-Author, Florida Bar Journal, December 2009 and "Federal and Florida Courts Heighten the Requirements for Class Certification" Co-Author, Florida Bar Journal, April 2010.


Chambers Staff:

  Jessica Bennett
Courtroom Deputy
813-301-5261
Laura Labbee
Law Clerk
Samantha Culp
Law Clerk

 

Trial Management Preferences

Date Certain Trial
Upon consent of the parties, Judge Sneed will schedule trials to begin on a date certain. Upon filing the Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to U.S. Magistrate Judge, counsel for the parties should confer and agree upon mutually agreeable potential trial dates. Upon receiving the Order Approving the Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to U.S. Magistrate Judge, Judge Sneed will schedule a case status conference. During the case status conference, Judge Sneed will schedule the trial to begin on a mutually agreeable date.


Pretrial Requirements
For jury trials, proposed voir dire questions, proposed jury instructions, and any special verdict forms should be filed three business days in advance of the scheduled trial date. For non-jury trials, trial briefs should be filed three business days in advance of the scheduled trial date, and proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law should be submitted via e-mail to Chambers_FLMD_Sneed@flmd.uscourts.gov following the trial.


Exhibit lists and witness lists must be filed three business days in advance of the scheduled trial date. On the date of the trial, each party shall provide the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with the original and two copies of their exhibit list, exhibits, and witness list, as well as two courtesy binders containing same. Additionally, on the date of the trial, each party shall provide the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with a CD or USB drive containing PDF versions of each exhibit, or e-mail same to Chambers_FLMD_Sneed@flmd.uscourts.gov.


Voir Dire Procedures
Judge Sneed will conduct voir dire. If counsel wish to conduct additional voir dire, then each side will be given time to examine the panel.


Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
There are no court-imposed time limits on opening statements or closing arguments.


Case Management Preferences

Hearings
Hearings on motions are scheduled at the written request of the parties or by order of the judge. Counsel and unrepresented parties who wish to present argument are generally required to appear in court in person. Telephonic appearances may be granted when good cause is shown in a motion requesting same.


Evidentiary Hearings
For evidentiary hearings, exhibit lists and witness lists must be filed three business days in advance of the scheduled hearing date. On the date of the evidentiary hearing, each party shall provide the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with the original and two copies of their exhibit list, exhibits, and witness list, as well as two courtesy binders containing same. Additionally, on the date of the evidentiary hearing, each party shall provide the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with a CD or USB drive containing PDF versions of each exhibit, or e-mail same to Chambers_FLMD_Sneed@flmd.uscourts.gov.


Motions to Appear Pro Hac Vice
Attorneys seeking to appear pro hac vice pursuant to Middle District of Florida Local Rule 2.02 should include the following in a motion:


  • A statement that the attorney seeking to appear pro hac vice is a member in good standing of the bar of a federal district court;

  • A statement that the attorney is not a resident of Florida;

  • A statement that the attorney has not appeared in separate cases to such a degree as to constitute the maintenance of a regular practice of law in Florida;

  • A statement certifying the attorney’s compliance with the fee and e-mail registration requirements of Middle District of Florida Local Rule 2.01(d);

  • A written designation and consent-to-act by a member of the bar of the Middle District of Florida, resident in Florida, upon whom all notices and papers may be served and who will be responsible for the progress of the case, including trial in default of the non-resident attorney; and

  • A certification under Middle District of Florida Local Rule 3.01(g) that the moving party has conferred with counsel for the opposing party in a good-faith effort to resolve the issues raised by the motion.

 

Emergency and Other Time-Sensitive Motions
Emergency motions should be clearly and conspicuously designated as such in the caption of the motion. See M.D. Fla. Local R. 3.01(e). If a motion is not a true emergency but is otherwise time-sensitive, counsel must indicate that the matter is time-sensitive in the caption of the motion and explain in the first paragraph of the body of the motion why the matter is time-sensitive. The moving party shall contact the Clerk's Office to notify them of the filing of an emergency motion.


Discovery Motions
Before filing or responding to any motion in a civil case, the parties should review and comply with the standards set forth in the Middle District of Florida Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice (rev. June 5, 2015). Additionally, Judge Sneed requires compliance with the Local Rules. Before filing any discovery-related motion in a civil case, the moving party shall confer with counsel for the opposing party in a good-faith effort to resolve the issues raised by the motion. M.D. Fla. Local R. 3.01(g). The moving party shall also file with the motion a statement certifying that the moving party has conferred with opposing counsel and that counsel have been unable to reach an agreement on the resolution of the motion. M.D. Fla. Local R. 3.01(g). The term "confer" in Local Rule 3.01(g) requires a substantive conversation in person or by telephone in a good-faith effort to resolve the motion without court action. Exchanges of e-mail or other correspondence do not satisfy the good-faith conference requirement. Similarly, mere attempts to confer that do not result in a meaningful and productive exchange between counsel do not satisfy the good-faith conference requirement. The court may deny motions that fail to include a Local Rule 3.01(g) certificate.


Disputes Arising in Deposition
If a dispute arises during a deposition in a case for which Judge Sneed is the assigned Magistrate Judge, counsel and any unrepresented parties may contact chambers to ascertain whether she is available to consider the disputed issue by telephone. Counsel for the parties should, however, conduct a good-faith conference pursuant to Local Rule 3.01(g) on the record before involving the Court. If Judge Sneed is available, she will hear the dispute in a telephone conference call in which all counsel and any unrepresented parties participate. If Judge Sneed is not available, the parties may state the nature of their objection(s) on the record and file an appropriate written motion.

 

Technology

Audio-Visual Equipment
Counsel are encouraged to make use of the technology available in the courtroom. If counsel intend to use the courtroom’s electronic equipment during a hearing or trial, to ensure the availability of the equipment, counsel must contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to reserve the equipment at least one week before the date of the hearing or trial. Counsel may also schedule an appointment with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to attain familiarity with the electronic equipment and confirm compatibility prior to the date of the hearing or trial.


Internships/Externships

Internships/Externships
Judge Sneed welcomes applications for unpaid judicial internships/externships for the fall and spring terms each year. Internship/externship applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and current academic transcript to Chambers_FLMD_Sneed@flmd.uscourts.gov.