ATTLEBORO — Longtime Attleboro lawyer Robert Ovoian is now a district court judge.

Ovoian, a well-respected lawyer for 35 years known by colleagues for his passion for the law and zealous defense of clients, won unanimous approval by the Governor’s Council, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The council voted 8-0 three weeks ago.

Local lawyers praised Ovoian when Gov. Charlie Baker nominated him for a judgeship in early May.

He is the first Attleboro Area Bar Association lawyer to become a district court judge since Robert Harbour in 2006. Three association lawyers, Paul Cronan, Susan Jacobs and John Casey were appointed to probate court judgeships in the last 11 years.

Ovoian, of North Attleboro, was also Attleboro’s city solicitor in 1982 and 1983 and served as assistant city solicitor before being promoted. He also served on the city’s zoning board.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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