David Ayres, a former Nassau County Court judge, has joined Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon as the Garden City firm’s 10th attorney and its managing partner. Ayres, 47, will oversee day-to-day operations, assist in the firm’s long-term planning and expand its roster of attorneys.

In November, Ayres finished third in a race for two open County Court seats. “It was a wonderful 10 years. I’ll miss the experience. I’m equally as excited about entering this chapter,” he said in an interview. Apart from his management responsibilities, Ayres said he will take on cases that could include criminal defense, civil rights or personal injury. “I’m open to jumping in everywhere,” he said.

Ayres is a 1993 graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He worked in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office from 1994 to 1998 before becoming principal law clerk to then-Nassau County Court Judge Richard LaPera. He held that position from 1998 to 2004, when he was elected to the bench.

“As one of the most respected members of the Long Island judiciary, we are proud that Judge Ayres chose our firm for his new professional home and we look forward to him taking the helm as managing partner,” founding partner Bruce Barket said in a statement.