2011 Heroes Among Us - Meet our 2011 Honorees: Retired Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Penick, Jr. and David R. Punzak and our 2011 Rising Star, Michael J. Faehner. Click on the "Read more..." links below to learn more about them from articles that were published in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of the Paraclete.

Retired Circuit Court Judge

Thomas E. Penick, Jr. 

Judge Thomas E. Penick, Jr., Circuit Court Retired, has never thought of himself as an innovator, an initiator, a founder, an organizer, an advocate, a student, an educator, a scholar, a coach, a mentor, a leader or a hero. He would agree with Robert Penn Warren that the naming of heroes is a futile exercise. Following a review of Judge Penick's thirty-eight year pursuit of perfection through service to this country, the state, the community, and the practice of law, however, we find a person who is precisely all of those things.  Read More


David R. Punzak
Having been born and raised in St. Petersburg, David Punzak learned early on a strong sense of community, and the importance of volunteerism. While attending local schools (Pasadena Elementary, Azalea Junior High, and Boca Ciega High School), his mother, Sue Punzak, served as a role model for him. She always encouraged David to join up – for Little League (which he played for 10 years); to try out for school clubs and teams; to learn what was going on in St. Pete, and to get involvedRead More


Rising Star
Michael J. Faehner

Most of us in the legal community know Michael Faehner as the "Master of Disaster” due to his work with the Florida Hurricanes in 2004 and as a charitable consultant during Hurricane Katrina Relief for several of the states that were impacted. We simply know him as "that great tax attorney" that we see in court assisting clients (and judges alike) with cases. Read More

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