Meet Ana. She believes all Nashvillians deserve equal justice and safer communities.

Ana Escobar is a first generation immigrant, and today, she serves as Tennessee’s first Latinx judge. When she was just six months old, Ana’s family sought a better life in the United States. They moved to Nashville when Ana was three years old. Ana graduated high school from St. Cecilia Academy, received her B.S. at Vanderbilt University, and then went on to attend law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 


Early in her law career, Ana developed a passion for public service. She served as a Public Defender in Nashville before becoming a private defense attorney at both the State and Federal level. Before being elected a judge, Ana was a District Attorney and served as the team leader for the Domestic Violence Unit in the District Attorney’s Office. During that time, she prosecuted over 500 domestic violence cases. As team leader, she worked closely with the agencies and departments that provide services to domestic violence victims.  


In 2016, Ana saw a gap in the harassment law, and in partnership with the YWCA Advocacy Committee, advocated for a change in state law. She also sought to improve the prosecution of strangulation cases and worked in conjunction with the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Office of Family Safety to establish training on the signs and risks of strangulation. Her work to improve safety for domestic violence victims was recognized when she received the 2016 Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence Outstanding Local Official Award. 


As judge, Ana now presides over specialized courts for domestic violence cases and survivors of human trafficking involved in the justice system. She works every day to seek improvement in our local court system with a firm belief that our government should constantly embrace new, innovative ways to work for the people it serves. For example, in 2019, Ana established the Human Trafficking Survivor’s Court Foundation to support the needs of human trafficking victims while they are in the court program. Ana has demonstrated that the criminal justice system can deliver justice for both victims and defendants with humanity and dignity.


Ana is deeply invested in the community she serves. She has held roles on the boards of many nonprofits including the Nashville Prevention Partnership, YWCA, Junior League of Nashville, Conexion Americas, St. Mary Queen of Angels Retirement Home, Maddox Foundation, Oak Hill School, Nashville Bar Association, and Hands on Nashville. Ana has also been a member of the Nashville Bar Foundation, the Law Association for Women, National Association of Women Judges, Downtown Rotary Club, and the Women’s Political Collaborative. She has given her time to government boards and commissions such as the Planning Commission, the Davidson County Election Commission, the Board of Equalization, and the State Judicial Nomination Commission. In 2012, Ana co-founded MyCity Academy, a leadership program that enables New Americans and neighborhood leaders to learn about Metro Government. Ana currently serves as an ethics examiner for the Board of Professional Responsibility. 


When not working or volunteering in the community, Ana enjoys spending time with her son and her parents.