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Judge Nick Nazaretian is a Circuit Judge with the 13th Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, Florida.  He was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1960 but raised the better part of his life in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Alabama, 1979-1982, then transferred to the University of South Florida where he double majored in Criminal Justice and Marketing. Upon graduation in 1985, Judge Nazaretian enrolled in Nova Southeastern Law School in Ft. Lauderdale, graduated in 1987, and began working at the  the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender's office.   In 1990, he began working at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.  Both as a public defender and as a prosecutor he worked on Death Penalty cases.  In 2000, he spent one year in private practice and was appointed as a Hillsborough County Court Judge in November of 2001.  In December of 2011, he was elevated to the Circuit Court.  The Judge also volunteers to assist his colleagues and has worked  in every  judicial area  in the Courthouse.  Judge Nazaretian is Board Certified in Criminal Trial law by the Florida Bar.   He teaches at the Florida Judicial College for all new Judges and is a certified mentor for all new Judges in Hillsborough County.    The Judge's teaching career as an Adjunct professor spans over the past 22 years here in Hillsborough County. He has taught here at HCC Ybor City Campus for the past 4 years. He has lectured or taught at Stetson law School, University of South Florida, University of Tampa and various other local Universities over the past 20 years.  The Judge has an expression he likes to tell students, "From the Courtroom to the Classroom".  The students enjoy his real court stories and his experience in the Criminal Justice system for the past 25 years.