Nadine Girault serves as the Executive Chief Assistant Public Defender of the Law Office of the Public Defender. Ms. Girault is responsible for the supervision of approximately 120 attorneys working for the office, as well as reviewing and approving the office budget, managing daily operations, and assisting Mr. Weekes in the execution of his duties as Public Defender. Ms. Girault graduated from St. John’s University in 1993, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice; she went on to attend Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1996. Although she worked in the private sector during her education, Ms. Girault’s true passion was in the field of criminal justice and she joined the Law Office of the Public Defender after graduating from law school. In 2002, Ms. Girault entered private practice where she headed up her own firm, specializing in criminal law, family law and real estate matters.
In 2007, Ms. Girault returned to her passion, rejoining the Law Office of the Public Defender as an attorney in the Juvenile Major Crimes Division. Her strong leadership skills were quickly recognized and she led the office as the Chief Assistant of the Early Representation Unit as well as the Chief Assistant of the Juvenile Division before taking her current position as Executive Chief Assistant Public Defender.