Governor Ron DeSantis makes judicial appointments, including the Fifth District Court of Appeal


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during President Donald J. Trump’s campaign rally at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted December 25, 2020 | Staff Report

On December 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced six new judicial appointments, highlighting a record-setting year of appointments to the bench. In 2020, Governor DeSantis appointed 61 judges bringing his total number of judicial appointments to 117.

Particular of note for Marion County was the appointment of Mary Alice “Molly” Nardella, of Winter Garden, to serve as Judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The Fifth District Court of Appeal hears appellate matters that arise from Marion County cases.

Nardella has been a partner with Nardella & Nardella, PLLC since 2017. She previously served as an Associate with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell P.A. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Nardella fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Justice Jamie Grosshans to the Supreme Court.