Aramis D. Ayala
State Attorney Ninth Judicial Circuit
Aramis Donell Ayala received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
Aramis was sworn in as the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida on January 3, 2017. Prior to her election as State Attorney, she served as an Assistant State Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, a Civil Litigator, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Legal Analyst. She now manages four offices an administrative team, nearly 150 attorneys, sworn police investigators, victim advocates and hundreds of support staff.
Aramis has prosecuted and defended a range of criminal cases from Misdemeanors to Capital Felonies, including Sex Crimes, crimes against children, and Homicides. She has always recognized the dangers of Domestic Violence and other violent crime and has been devoted to ensuring safe and healthy communities.
Aramis’ commitment to safety is supported by her unwavering commitment to criminal justice reform, integrity and accountability. While often being recognized as the first Black State Attorney in Florida’s history, she is most focused on the impact her unique vision and perspective have for the citizens of Orange and Osceola Counties.
Since taking office, Aramis has been recognized by many local and national organizations, including the Central Florida Victim Services Network and Florida Parents of Murdered Children. She received the NAACP’s 2017 Civil Rights Champion of Justice Award and Equal Justice USA’s Leadership Award.
Aramis Ayala is the member of multiple local, State, and National Bar Associations and has served in various leadership positions within. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2003 (Board of Governors Ex-Officio (2012-2013), a member of the National Bar Association since (President- Florida Chapter (2012-2013), Regional Director (2012-2013), Chair- Pro Bono and Public Service Committee (2013-2014). She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (Executive Council Ex Officio (2007-2008). She is also a Past President of two local Bar Associations.
As a cancer survivor who was less than 24 hours from death, while committed to justice, she always holds true to her core values- her faith, her health and her family. She looks forward to enjoying free time with her loving and most supportive husband, David and their 2 precious daughters.