Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan was confirmed as the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida Tuesday, following her nomination by President Donald Trump in June.
Fajardo is the first woman in the role and has previously worked in private practice and as a prosecutor. She was a Miami-Dade prosecutor from 1996 to 2002 and specialized in narcotics and organized crime. She subsequently practiced family and matrimonial law in Coral Gables before being appointed to the bench by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012.
Fajardo, who has most recently served in criminal court and as administrative judge of the Unified Family Court, is a member of the Federalist Society, an influential group of conservative activists who have guided Trump in his judicial nominations. According to the Miami Herald, Fajardo’s nomination was encouraged by Scott as well as Sen. Marco Rubio.
Fajardo will be replacing Benjamin G. Greenberg in the role.