Legal Education:
J.D., University of Miami, 1977
- Lawyer of the Americas International Law Journal,
Student Editorial Board
- Iron Arrow Honor Society


B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1974


Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (2007 – present)
Thornton & Rothman, P.A., founding partner, 1980 – 2007
Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 1995 – present
Assistant State Attorney, Dade State Attorney’s Office, 1977 – 80
Law Clerk, Honorable James W. Kehoe, Circuit Court Judge, 1976 – 77
Martindale-Hubbell – “AV” rating, 1987 – 2007

Florida Bar Foundation
(charitable arm of The Florida Bar, providing civil legal access to the poor)
President (2006-07)
Officer and Board of Directors (1998-2007)

Florida Bar
Board of Governors (1988-1998)

Dade County Bar Association

President (2005-06)

Indigent Services Committee, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (2004-07)

Camillus Health Concern
(providing assistance to our community’s homeless)
Chair, Board of Directors (2004-07)


Dade County Bar President’s Award (1988)
Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit (1998)
Florida Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers President’s Award (2002)
Miami Today’s Best of Miami 2007 Award for Non-Profit Volunteers
            (as Chairman of the Board for Camillus Health Concern)
Dade County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Award (2007)
Camillus House’s Healing Heart Award (2007)
YWCA’s Eliminating Racism Empowering Women Court Care Award (2007)
Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Friend of Equal Justice Award (2012)
Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Community Service Award (2013)
FAWL’s Theodore Klein Award (2013)
DCBA’s Alan R. Schwartz Judicial Excellence Award (2015)
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