Congratulations to Fred Gazaleh, as he was featured in the Public Defenders newsletter. His colleagues say Director of Circuit Court, Fred Gazaleh “has arguably the toughest job in the PD Office.” He is adamant to “promptly return phone calls from all of the clients and help people who need legal guidance when no one else is available.”
Mr. Gazaleh oversees nearly 40 APD’s in nine courtrooms and manages a Capital Crimes caseload. He is responsible for ensuring PD clients facing serious criminal charges are provided the effective and zealous legal counsel they are constitutionally guaranteed. While he faces both legal and managerial challenges, he handles them with a professional approach and helpful demeanor. The PD Office is fortunate to have an attorney of his caliber on staff, but also have such a tremendous mentor for the younger APD’s.
A first-generation American, Fred was born in Houston and moved to Jacksonville as a one year old. He attended Robert E. Lee High School before graduating from The University of Florida in 1979 and the UF School of Law in 1982. Fred started his career at the PD Office under the late Lou Frost then spent 20 years in private practice. He returned to the PD Office in ’09 to assume his current position as Director of Circuit Court
After work, he volunteers at the Sulzbacher Center, hosts a Pro Bono Legal Night and has participated in Immigration Day at Florida Coastal School of Law. He loves attending Gator basketball and football games. He also enjoys friendly poker games and traveling. His proud parents are Canann and Asma Gazaleh. Thank you for your public service, Fred! (Submitted by Mrs. Angie Gazaleh Rukab).