Samir Patel, 43, was recently named District Attorney for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit in Georgia. Photo: LinkedIn

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently appointed Indian-American Samir Patel as the new District Attorney on the Cherokee Judicial Circuit in Georgia.

The route spans Counties of Bartow and Gordon in northwest Georgia, about halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Patel will fill the vacancy held by former prosecutor and now Judge Rosemary Greene, who Kemp appointed to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit as Superior Court in February. According to, Greene has filled the legal position created by the resignation of Judge David K. Smith effective October 31, 2020.

Prior to his new position, Patel joined a Cartersville law firm in 2010 as an attorney specializing in criminal defense, family law, and general litigation. He is a former assistant public defender in the Cherokee Judicial District and has served as a local judge in Euharlee.

Patel, 43, was born in Houston, Texas, as a past president of the Bartow County Bar Association. He attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with his BS and BBA in 2001. He then attended Georgia State College of Law and graduated with his JD in 2005.

Patel was admitted to the bar in 2005, as did Georgia, the U.S. District Court, Northern District, Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia, then the US Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit in 2009, according to .