A lawyer with a Rockville firm has been appointed Montgomery County District Court judge.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he chose Victor Del Pino for the judicial seat.
Del Pino has been a partner with McGann, Del Pino and Hughes LLC since 2010, according to a press release from Hogan’s office.
Previously, he was a Montgomery County prosecutor for five years, the press release said.
A bio page on his law firm’s website says Del Pino’s focus was on criminal law, personal injury and immigration law.
He was the first Latino appointed to run the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office’s gang prosecution unit, for which he worked for more than three years, the page says.
The page says he has served on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association and served on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Public Defenders Office.
Del Pino received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Del Pino will fill a seat that became open when James B. Sarsfield retired.
Seventeen people applied for the position, according to the Maryland Judiciary, which oversees the state’s court system. Two of the 17 later withdrew from consideration.
Del Pino was one of three finalists recommended by a Judicial Nominating Commission after it met on Oct. 4. The other two finalists were Michael Ormond Glynn III and Deborah Murrell Whelihan.
A District Court judge is appointed by the governor, with the approval of the Senate, to a 10-year term.