Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Phillip Pena, of Gainesville, to the Alachua County Court.

Pena, 41, has been an assistant state attorney with the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit since 2001, except in 2010 when he practiced with the Keller Law Office. Previously, he was an assistant state attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit from 2000 to 2001 and the Twentieth Judicial Circuit from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, he practiced with Dell Graham. Pena received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree, with honors, from Florida State University.

“Phillip has an excellent reputation as a skilled, hardworking and fair prosecutor,” Governor Scott said. “I am confident that he will bring these qualities to the bench, along with a deep respect for the role of the judiciary and the rule of law. He will serve the people of Alachua County well.”

Pena will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Robert K. Groeb to the Eighth Judicial Circuit.


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