ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Nov. 27 that he has selected Bryon Bereano as a judicial appointee for Prince George’s Circuit Court.
“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” Hogan said in a statement. “I have confidence that Mr. (Andrew) 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.”
Bereano brings an abundance of experience to the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, having served in the local judicial system for 20 years.
Before his judicial appointment to the county circuit court, Bereano was appointed by Hogan to the county’s district court in 2016, which primarily handled misdemeanor criminal matters and any civil matters up to $30,000. The district court also handles various landlord-tenant issues, and a high volume of domestic violence matters.
Throughout his three-year tenure in the district, Bereano was a coordinating civil judge, which meant that he served as a liaison between the district court bench and the civil clerk’s office, and coordinated the handling and management of civil cases that come to the courthouse regularly.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Governor Hogan for the appointment to the circuit court, and I appreciate his faith and confidence that he has in me. I do look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Prince George’s County,” Bereano said.
“What I hope to bring is fairness, justice, and hoping that everyone who appears before me feels like win or lose that they had the opportunity to be heard.”
Prior to his district court appointment, Bereano clerked (1999-2000) for William B. Spellbring, Jr., a former circuit court judge for Prince George’s, then clerked for Alexander Williams, Jr. in the United States District Court for Maryland from 2000-2001.
A Northwest Washington, D.C. native, Bereano also spent some time with a firm in Bethesda before returning to Upper Marlboro to work with the law firm Knight, Manzi, Nussbaum and LaPlaca, P.A., for roughly seven years.
From 2010 to 2013, Bereano had his own practice: The Law Offices of Bryon S. Bereano in Bowie. From 2013 to his appointment to the district court 2016, he was an associate county attorney.
“I’ve always loved this courthouse and certainly this county in terms of its geographic diversity and individuals that live in the county as well, too,” said Bereano, a University of Baltimore Law School graduate.
“Certainly my first draw to Prince George’s County was professionally. And then having spent several years here professionally, I got to see most of, if not all, the county. I really just enjoyed the diversity of it – whether you’re up north in Laurel or down south in Brandywine or Accokeek, just kind of the beauty of the county and how vibrant it is.”