12/16/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Judge Nick Nazaretian, of Tampa, to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Judge Nazaretian, 49, has served as a Hillsborough County Court Judge since 2001. Previously, he practiced with Griffen and Associates from 2000 to 2001. From 1990 to 2000, he served as a division chief for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, and from 1987 to 1990, he was a felony trial attorney with the Pinellas Public Defender’s Office. Judge Nazaretian received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

“Judge Nazaretian’s service for the past nine years on the County Court and during temporary duty on the Circuit Court has well prepared him for elevation to the position of Circuit Court Judge,” Governor Scott said. “His extensive courtroom experience throughout his 25-year legal career, as well as his careful attention to the rule of law, will serve the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit well.”

Judge Nazaretian will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Wayne S. Timmerman.

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