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South Florida lawyer is named Florida's new solicitor general

Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday announced the appointment of Florida's new solicitor general: AgarwalAmit Agarwal, a Broward County attorney who most recently served as deputy chief in the appellate division of the U.S. attorney's office in Miami.

Agarwal, 40 (at left), clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and served as an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington and received his B.A. in English from Duke.

The solicitor general, created in 1999, is the state's chief appellate counsel, representing the interests of the state in all appellate courts and at the U.S. Supreme Court. As part of the job, Agarwal is a visiting professor of law at Florida State University.

Agarwal's youth and resume suggest he has a bright legal future, and history may be on his side, too. The past three lawyers who served as solicitor general have all been appointed to appellate judgeships: Scott Makar, Tim Osterhaus and most recently Allen Winsor. Agarwal could be No. 4.

Correction: An earlier version of this post listed an incorrect age and party affiliation.