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Governor appoints three new Tampa Bay judges

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced the appointment of Gregory G. Groger to the 6th Judicial Circuit Court in Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Groger, 38, of Land O’Lakes, has served as an assistant state attorney for the circuit since 2003.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Groger fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Walter L. Schafer, Jr.

Scott also announced the appointments of Darren D. Farfante and Christine Ann Marlewski to the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County.

Farfante, 46, of Tampa, practices with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, and previously served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division.

He received his undergraduate, master of laws, master of accountancy, and law degree from the University of Florida. Farfante fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Brenda “Tracy” Sheehan.

Marlewski, 40, of Tampa, is an equity shareholder with the GrayRobinson law firm.

She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. Marlewski fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William P. Levens.

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