South Florida

Barzee nominated to South Florida federal judgeship

Miami attorney Mary Barzee Flores was nominated Thursday by President Barack Obama as a federal judge in South Florida.

Barzee is a former state Circuit Court judge and assistant federal public defender in Miami. Since 2011, she has been in private practice with the Miami law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff and Sitterson.

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama called Barzee a “highly qualified” candidate for the federal bench. The U.S. Senate must confirm her nomination before she can fill the position. It was vacated last year when U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum was elevated to the federal appeals court in Atlanta.

She began her career as an associate at Sonnett, Sale and Kuehne, after receiving her J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami Law School in 1988 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami School of Music in 1985.

Barzee is married to Miami attorney Hector Flores, a former assistant federal public defender. She is also the brother of Miami attorney William Barzee, who also worked in the federal public defender’s office.

— Jay Weaver