Judge Alex became Judge for the best reasons - to serve the community and to bring justice for all. Judge Alex was appointed to the Circuit Court bench in 2018, after appointment and election in County Court before that. Presently, Judge Alex serves at the Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami and presides over a wide variety of cases and issues impacting the local community. Judge Alex is fluent in Spanish.
Judge Alex’s good examples of dedication, family, and faith that led him on the path of service started at home. Judge Alex was born in Tampa, Florida, where he grew up with his parents Judy (a former teacher) and Richard (a lawyer and small business owner), and his brothers David (a substitute teacher) and Winston (a primary care physician). Judge Alex is the grandson and great grandson of immigrants, and his family always made sure to instill the values of humility, hard work, and appreciation for the blessings of this Country. From his great grandmother rolling cigars in Ybor City, to his grandfathers on both sides starting businesses from scratch and being active members of civic and volunteer organizations, hard work and giving back to the community go back generations.
As a judge, Alex works hard to make the best decisions every day. But the best decision of his life was asking Maia Arón on a date almost 13 years ago—and she said yes! They have been partners ever since and have been happily married for over 8 years. Maia is a lawyer whose story embodies the American Dream as shown throughout Miami-Dade County. Maia emigrated from South America at the age of 16 with her parents and sister speaking almost no English. Through hard work and the support of her loving family, she earned degrees at the University of Miami and now proudly represents clients as a litigator and leads several community organizations as a volunteer. For Judge Alex, family, faith and hard work form the foundation of his commitment to service and giving back to the community.
Judge Alex attended Southern Methodist University where he majored in history, foreign languages, and Latin American Studies. Judge Alex then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law and spent almost two years volunteering to teach law and civic education to underprivileged 4th grade students in West Philadelphia.
After graduating from law school, Judge Alex started his career litigating at a large national law firm, Jones Day, in New York. Judge Alex showed his commitment to public service early by clerking for federal judge Steven D. Merryday in Tampa. Alex also practiced commercial litigation at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Coral Gables, and further served his community as an Assistant Miami-Dade County Attorney for over 8 years. While at the County Attorney’s Office, Judge Alex litigated and tried cases, worked on public-private partnership, procurement matters, and drafting legislation.
Even before becoming a Judge, Alex worked hard to lift up the entire community and to promote the best ideals of the legal profession. He was a charter member of the Court’s Professionalism Panel (11th Judicial Circuit Panel) encouraging civility and best practices, and started a pilot program at the County Attorney’s Office for reading to children in underprivileged communities. Judge Alex actively mentors recent graduates in the legal profession through both the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Program and the Cuban American Bar Association mentoring program. Judge Alex also served as the president of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Miami Alumni Club for 8 years.
Judge Alex is proud to be a part of our culturally-rich community, and looks forward to giving back to the community every day through his hard work, dedication, and commitment to justice.