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2 circuit court judges appointed in Prince George’s, Washington cos.

Gov. Larry Hogan has named two judges to the circuit courts for Prince George’s and Washington counties.

Prince George’s County District Court Judge Bryon Bereano was appointed to the circuit court for Prince George’s County, while attorney Andrew Wilkinson was appointed to the Washington County Circuit Court, Hogan’s office announced Friday.

Bereano, son of lobbyist Bruce Bereano, was appointed to the district court in 2016. Previously, Bereano worked for the Prince George’s County Office of Law as an associate county attorney, focusing on zoning and property maintenance cases, as well as responses to equal employment opportunity complaints, according to a news release from Hogan’s office.

Before that, Bereano spent three years as a solo practitioner and 10 years working as a litigation associate for several firms. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Attempts to reach Bereano Monday were unsuccessful.

Wilkinson has maintained a solo practice, Wilkinson Law, in Hagerstown since 2018. Before that, he worked for four years as a partner at Divelbiss & Wilkinson in Hagerstown. His practice has focused on land-use and real estate law, civil litigation, estate planning and commercial law. He has also provided family law mediation services for the Circuit Court for Washington County since 2009.

“I’m excited to get to work and on behalf of the state of Maryland,” Wilkinson said Monday. “I’m honored the governor selected me and placed trust in me.”

Wilkinson is a native of Maryland and grew up in Hagerstown. He added that he wanted to switch from private practice to being a judge in order to use his skills to work for the public.

Before working at Divelbiss & Wilkinson, Wilkinson, a graduate of the Emory University School of Law, served as an assistant attorney at the county attorney’s office for Washington County.

“I have confidence that Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Bereano will continue to be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Washington County and Prince George’s County admirably,” Hogan said in the release.

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