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Mrs. Gaele Barthold

SARASOTA COUNTY | 07/31/2023 - 12/31/2025

Appointed by Senate President Passidomo

Gaele Barthold is a retired attorney whose practice specialization was appellate argument and appellate litigation. As the Philadelphia Deputy District Attorney for Law, a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney and a member of Cozen O’Connor, she argued and litigated many cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and numerous federal and state appellate courts. Her law related activities included, chairing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee, serving on various other Supreme and Superior Court Advisory Committees, sitting on the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors, and serving as a Pennsylvania Deputy Insurance Commissioner. Mrs. Barthold was the recipient of the National District Attorney’s award for outstanding legislative work during the 101st Congress. Currently she is Chair and a longtime member of the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment. She has also served as a board member and co-chair of the former Longboat Key Public Interest Committee and as President of the Longboat Key Estates Homeowners’ Association.

Since her retirement Mrs. Barthold has had the time and opportunity to focus primarily on the arts. She currently serves as a Trustee of Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota's contemporary theatre which has broad outreach into the community. Before joining the FST Board she was a member of the theatre's Community Resource Group and, on occasion, assisted the theatre's Managing Director with governmental and other outreach initiatives. She avails herself of many (if not most) of the Sarasota area arts offerings and regularly travels to London to overdose on London theatre and enjoy the city's other cultural offerings.

Mrs. Barthold holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut; an M.Ed. from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts; and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.