Judge Lisa Walsh is a circuit court judge in the 11th judicial circuit of Miami-Dade County, Florida, currently serving in the Civil Division, as the Administrative Judge of the Appellate Division, and assigned to the International Arbitration Division. She has tried over 100 jury trials in the criminal and civil divisions. She has handled hundreds of appeals on the Circuit Court and served by designation twice on the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Judge Walsh previously served as a County Court Judge. Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for sixteen years, in both the trial and appellate state and federal courts and was a Special Master for the City of Miami Beach. Judge Walsh is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell since 2005 and was listed in Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Legal Elite.
Judge Walsh is an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at St. Thomas Law School. She has been part of the faculty and administration of Florida’s Advanced Judicial College, Florida Judicial College, and the Florida Circuit Court Conference since 2009. She is a frequent lecturer on many topics, including evidence, civil litigation, human trafficking, information security, and jury selection.
Judge Walsh was the 2015-2016 President of the National Association of Women Judges. In 2012, she cochaired NAWJ’s national conference in Miami, and has cochaired other conferences, including at Columbia University in 2019 and a “Day at the United Nations” in 2021. Currently, she was elected and will take office as International Director to the NAWJ in 2021. She also is the NAWJ liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Walsh was the President of Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Vice-Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance committee, a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she was awarded for her commitment to equal justice, a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Executive Council and the Appellate Rules Committee.
Judge Walsh has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2020 NAWJ Norma Wikler Award, 2018 Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Outstanding Jurist Award, the 2018 MDTLA Judge Steven Levine Award, the 2018 NAWJ Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award, the 2017 Dade County Bar Association President’s Award as Outstanding Community Leader, the “Devorah Judge” Award by the Miami Jewish Legal Society, the 2019 Community Service Award for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the “Outstanding Woman in Government & Law” by the Miami-Dade Commission for Women, the 2015 Mattie Belle Davis Award from Miami-Dade FAWL, the 2015Alumni Leadership Award by the University of Miami Law School, and the 2010 Judge Alan Schwartz Judicial Excellence award. Judge Walsh has been a mentor for Educate Tomorrow and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.
Judge Walsh obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She is married to attorney David Rosendorf and is the proud mother of two adult children.
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