Margaret A. Rosenbaum

Margaret A. Rosenbaum



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Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator


 Margaret (Maggie) Rosenbaum began her legal career at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she served as an Assistant State Attorney for eleven years.  She worked in the Juvenile Division, where she was the Assistant Chief, and in the Felony Division.  In 1986, she became the founding Division Chief of the Domestic Crimes Unit, specializing in severe domestic crime cases.  She served in that capacity until 1993, when she was appointed as a General Magistrate by Chief Judge Leonard Rivkind.  Ms. Rosenbaum served as a General Master and then as a General Magistrate from 1993 until her retirement in 2017.

During her tenure as a General Magistrate, she served as the only General Magistrate handling Unified Family Court high conflict cases, and did so for twelve years, balancing two calendars.


University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1981
Queens College, City University of New York, B.A., cum laude
Adjunct Professor, University of Miami Pre-Trial Skills Program


  • Speaker: United States House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime & Criminal Justice, Washington, D.C.   Focus: obstacles to the successful prosecution of domestic violence cases (during Congress’ consideration of the Violence Against Women Act)
  • Guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the dynamics of family violence and prevention of domestic violence
  • Authored legislation making battery on a pregnant woman a felony
  • Authored legislation providing for warrantless arrest for violation of a served restraining order
  • Authored amendment to F.S. 741.30 (amending class of persons entitled to injunctive relief)
  • Co-authored the Repeat Violence Injunction for Protection
  • Authored chapters on “The Victim” and “The Prosecution of Domestic Violence” for The Florida Bar Journal
  • Certified police trainer
  • Trained most Miami-Dade police departments on the investigation of domestic violence cases
  • Selected to train State Attorneys statewide following legislation requiring every prosecutor’s office to have a specialist in domestic violence prosecutions
  • Instructor: Annual Meeting of County Court Judges
  • Instructor: Annual Meeting of Circuit Court Judges
  • Faculty member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Ft. Lauderdale Regional Conference
  • Frequent panelist and lecturer on matters concerning the dynamics of domestic violence and the investigation of same
  • Keynote address: North Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Conference on Domestic Violence
  • Keynote address: AVD (Aid to Victims of Domestic Assault), Boca Raton, FL
  • Panelist, Two Faces of Domestic Violence: A Perspective on Civil and Criminal Remedies (sponsored by Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Dade County Chapter)
  • Speaker: Faculty Symposium, Florida International University   Topic: Florida’s Social Policy and Women
  • Speaker: Annual Conference of Florida Network of Victim-Witness Services
  • Moderator: “Women, Violence, Services And The System: A Community Conference” (sponsored by Dade County Commission On The Status Of Women, The Change Center at Miami-Dade College, YWCA, Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, and Dade County Women’s Political Caucus)
  • Panelist: WLRN-TV show “Speak Out”   Topic: Sexual Battery and Victimization
  • Featured on CBS-TV program “48 HOURS” – program focused on battered women, and featured portions of a domestic violence case I tried
  • Served on the board of Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence
  • Served on the board of The Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Served on the Judicial Advisory Board of Kidside
  • Member of the First Family Law Inns of Court
  • Member of The Florida Bar
  • Co-authored bench book on civil and criminal direct and indirect contempt of court
  • Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back
  • Animal rescuer and active member of Dachshund Rescue South Florida
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